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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Man who murdered roommate for molesting him to spend life in prison

The cook stabbed the waiter while at a party at a labour accommodation 

A cook who stabbed his roommate to death after he molested him and his girlfriend will spend life in prison.

On December 19 last year, the Nepalese cook, 29, was at a party at a labour accommodation in Ras Al Khor when his roommate – a waiter whose nationality and age were not disclosed in court records – allegedly molested the cook’s girlfriend.

“The defendant told us that he pushed the deceased inside a room to keep him away from his girlfriend but then, the deceased molested him which angered him, so he went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed the man repeatedly in the back,” said a police officer, 27.

He said he locked the waiter inside a room then threw away the key, washed his bloodied clothes and left the party.

Police questioned the girlfriend, whose age and nationality were also not disclosed in records, but she told them she was not in the room with the cook and waiter when the stabbing occurred. However, she said she heard screams coming from the room.

The incident came to light when the waiter’s co-workers went to check on him after he did not show up at work.

“His Indian flatmate called me and said the waiter didn't come to work and might be on leave but that when he came to visit him he found the door locked and nobody was answering,” said the accommodation’s security guard.

The guard unlocked the door and found the man in a pool of blood. He then called police.

“I thought he had taken the day off but then our supervisor asked about him and why had he not come to work, so I went to check on him but the door was locked, I suspected something was wrong but I didn't expect to find him murdered,” said the Indian cook, 32.

The cook denied a premeditated murder charge in court last May but on Sunday was convicted and sentenced to life in jail to be followed by deportation.