x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Taxi driver denies helping accused killer flee UAE to Oman

A taxi driver accused of helping an alleged killer flee to Oman had no idea what his passenger was accused of, an Abu Dhabi court heard today.

ABU DHABI // A taxi driver charged with helping a killer flee to Oman had no idea what his passenger was accused of, a court heard yesterday.

The driver and five others were charged with not reporting the crime and helping the killer to escape.

The taxi driver’s lawyer told Abu Dhabi criminal court that his client had been unaware of the murder, and asked for him to be freed so he could work to pay his rent.

“Sometimes you have brothers living under the same roof, and they have no idea what the other is doing, so how should a taxi driver know what his passengers’ stories are?” the lawyer said.

Prosecutors say a 28-year-old labourer from Bangladesh, strangled his 32-year-old former girlfriend, a cleaner, in a rented house in Bani Yas. At a previous hearing, the labourer claimed she was asking him for money because he planned to marry another woman, and she died as the couple fought when she told him she had aborted his child.

“We were wrestling on the floor, then I pressed on her neck for around five to seven minutes. When I saw blood come out of her mouth and nose I stopped, and she was dead,” he said.

He fled by taxi to the Omani border at Al Ain. In Oman, he turned himself in to a police station as an illegal immigrant, hoping that he would be deported to Bangladesh.

But UAE police had already issued a notice through Interpol requesting his arrest.

The case was adjourned until November 18 for the other accused to appear.