x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Woman on visit to UAE confesses to stabbing death

A Ugandan woman admits stabbing a compatriot who tried to have sex with her, but says it was in self defence.

DUBAI // A Ugandan woman who confessed to stabbing a man to death has said it was in self defence.

EK, 28, who came to the UAE on a visit visa, told the Dubai Criminal Court that the deceased, SK, had tried to have sex with her and chased her around her flat.

"I got scared and picked up a knife and stabbed him but I didn't see where I stabbed him," she told Hamad Abdul Latif, the presiding judge.

EK was charged with premeditated murder for the April 7 incident.

Appearing in court, PR, a 27-year-old Ugandan security guard, told prosecutors that SK had promised to give him a lift to Mirdif around 11am on the day of the murder. "I waited for him near the supermarket where we agreed (to meet) but he didn't show up," said PR, who tried to phone SK but got no answer.

"He (SK) had told me he lived in the third floor of the building next to the supermarket so I headed there."

When PR reached the lift he said he saw the defendant running down the stairs with blood on her hands.

"When the lift's door opened I met another Ugandan girl I know and she told me the defendant had stabbed SK," said the guard.
AA, a Dubai police major, testified that he went to the flat in Fareej Al Marar and that a witness there said he had seen a woman running in the street screaming "I killed him! I killed him!".

The major said that EK was still screaming that she had killed someone when she was at the Naif police station.

Police found the knife EK used under the sofa in her one-bedroom flat.

DA, a policeman, testified he was on duty when the woman arrived at the station, crying and repeating that she killed someone.

"She told me the man tried to have sex with her against her will," DA said.

The next hearing will be on August 2 to assign a lawyer to EK.

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