x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Verdict postponed in Winter murder case

A verdict in the death of Kerry Winter was postponed by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance yesterday.

DUBAI // A verdict in the death of Kerry Winter was postponed by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance yesterday. Judge Hamad Abdel Latif said he would issue judgement on June 7. The trial saw MA, a British former operations director, accused of two versions of the crime: one in which he dumped Winter's body at sea and one in which he buried it in the desert. Since her disappearance almost 22 months ago, there have been a door-to-door sweep of the southern end of Dubai, a Facebook campaign with almost 7,000 members, a media campaign that included all the local press and some international press and the involvement of British, South African and UAE authorities.

More recently, the trial drew the attention of the South African president Jacob Zuma. MA "has produced two different stories to us and then denied the charge; it is up to the courts to find him guilty or innocent, which is going to be tough due to the mere fact that no body was produced", Sami al Shamsi, the chief Bur Dubai prosecutor, said in March. Prosecutors claim that MA, Winter's ex-boyfriend, stalked her for days before bludgeoning her with a baseball bat.

He was arrested five days after she went missing on August 20, 2008, and was charged with premeditated murder. Officials said he stuffed Winter's body in a suitcase, added some weights and dumped it into the sea. Winter, 36, was last seen outside her villa in Al Barsha. Neighbours told prosecutors they saw MA beating her with a baseball bat before dragging her into a car and driving away. amustafa@thenational.ae