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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Guard who stabbed woman 66 times to see out life sentence

He said he stabbed her after she screamed at him and kicked a water bucket he was using to clean the corridor next to her flat

A security guard who stabbed a woman 66 times because she screamed at him will see out his life sentence.

In February 2016, police were called to Dubai International City after her boyfriend found her body in their one-bedroom flat.

The 38-year-old sales manager told police he had been living with the Filipina for the past two years.

“She stopped working so we moved in the same flat together,” he said, telling police he left her at 7.30am that day after the two had coffee.

He said she called him at around 1pm and asked him to pay the Internet bill on his way home from work.

“When I got home I found the door slightly open then found her dead body face down on the ground,” he said.

Police said the building’s security guard helped them question tenants for two days, before officers noticed scratches on his face and arms and became suspicious of him.

“He was completely solid and normal as he helped us around the building during our initial investigations, then when we questioned him about the scratches on his face and arms, he said they happened by mistake while shaving,” said an Emirati policeman, 35.

He said they also noticed a cut on one of his fingers and another on his knee.

“He denied at first but then admitted to killing the woman as revenge because she screamed at him and kicked a water bucket he was using to clean the corridor next to her flat,” said the officer.

The guard admitted to planning the murder the same day after he had lunch. He told police he wore gloves and knocked on the woman’s door, telling her he needed to check the apartment’s alarm system.

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“He then took her by surprise and stabbed her in the abdomen, and chest and the blade broke inside her body,” the officer said.

He said the killer took a knife from the victim’s kitchen and smashed a fish tank from her apartment on her head.

“He slipped because of the water and caused himself a small cut in the knee,” said the officer.

The defendant then stole money from the flat and put on a coat from her wardrobe to hide the blood stains. He hid the stolen cash in a water pipe in the building, which he returned to police.

The gloves and the coat were found in a rubbish bin near the building.

The 24-year-old Pakistani denied a premeditated murder charge and said he didn't have murderous intent: “The stabbing happened while we were fighting but I didn't mean to kill her.”

In August, Dubai Criminal Court sentenced the man to life in prison and a further two years for theft. On Wednesday, Dubai Court of Appeal upheld his sentence. He will be deported after serving his term.