Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 February 2020

Maid threatened to kill children if they did not finish food, Dubai court hears

The Criminal Court heard that the Kenyan housemaid was caught on a camera phone hitting her employer’s children with a wooden spoon and threatening them with a knife.

DUBAI // A Kenyan housemaid was filmed on a camera phone hitting her employer’s children and threatening them with a knife, the Criminal Court has heard.

K A, 30, an Emirati mother-of-three, said on June 2 she returned home from college when another maid in the house revealed that M N A, 31, had been abusing her children,

The other maid, A J S, said she observed the activities as she helped M N A feed and shower the children, who were ages 6, 2 and 1.

“I got home at nearly 8.30pm and A J S came to me and informed me,” said K A.

“She then showed me two recordings she managed to take on her mobile phone of M N A as she hit my kids with a wooden spoon all over their bodies and another as she grabbed a knife from the kitchen and took turns placing it on their necks, threatening to kill them if they did not eat and shower.”

K A said the defendant did not deny the activities when she was confronted about it.

“She was so cold and replied that she was disciplining them,” said K A, who later called police.

Police said that M N A said she only intended to scare the children so they would eat properly.

Prosecutors said one of the recordings showed M N A chasing the children around, before she placed a large knife to one of their necks, then counted to three and threatened to kill the children if they did not finish their food.

M N A denied charges of issuing threats to kill and assaulting the three children.

A verdict is expected on November 4.

salamir@thenational.ae

Updated: October 19, 2014 04:00 AM

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