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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Murderer mother wins early release from Dubai jail in time to see daughter wed

Ukrainian woman and Yemeni policeman murdered a prostitute in 1999, when the woman's daughter was just 5. They were both granted early release for good conduct after serving more than 15 years of their sentences.

A Ukrainian woman will be able to attend her daughter’s wedding after being granted an early release from a life sentence for murdering a prostitute in 1999.

The 46-year-old woman pleaded to judges at Dubai Criminal Court to grant her release to be with her daughter, who was only five when she was sentenced to life in jail for murder.

“I wasn’t there for her, I didn’t have the chance to feed her or dress her or help her study. I didn’t see her go to school then to college then graduate; she was just five and now she is 24 and to become a bride,” said the woman in a written submission to judges in June.

“For 18 years my daughter was deprived from her mother’s love and I deprived from the look of her face as she grows. I have lost everything and I don’t want the same thing to happen to her. I ask you in the name of God and his mercy, to have mercy on my daughter and release me, because it was me who caused her all this agony by my reckless behavior.”

The woman was 28 when she had an affair with a 21-year-old Yemeni policeman and both plotted and killed a Russian prostitute on February 8, 1999 after luring her into their apartment in Al Riffa. They hit her on the head with a solid object then strangled her.

They placed her body in a plastic bag and threw it from the balcony then stole the victim’s money and belongings.

Police found the dead body and both killers were arrested the following day. They were referred to court and were convicted of premeditated murder, theft and having consensual sexual. Both were handed a life sentence of 25 years and it was upheld by both the appeals and cessation courts.

Prisoners can apply for early release if they have served 15 years or more of their sentence and obtained a good conduct certificate from the punitive and correctional establishments.

The Yemeni policeman also applied for early release to be reunited with his family and was granted one on Tuesday morning.