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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Student accused of stabbing friend to death with scissors

The defendant said the deceased had been trying to get him to fight with him 

A 26-year-old student has been accused of stabbing his friend to death with a pair of scissors, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

Court records show that on August 5 last year, the Pakistani defendant invited the Emirati victim and a third friend to his house in Um Al Sheif in Dubai.

Hours later, one friend left and the defendant remained alone with the victim in a room on the ground floor.

The Filipino maid told prosecutors she heard screaming at around 3pm, and when she looked to inspect what was happening, she saw the victim bleeding heavily. She rushed to the defendant's uncle’s room and informed him.

“[The deceased] was outside the villa and I heard him screaming the defendant’s name but I didn't see the defendant. I felt scared, so I woke the uncle up and then locked myself in my room,” said the 39-year-old maid.

An Emirati police lieutenant said they received a report and rushed to the scene to find the victim outside bleeding and an ambulance rushed him to hospital where he later died.

The officer said they apprehended the defendant two days later and during questioning, he said the victim was acting strangely and repeated that he wanted them to have a fight.

“He told us that the victim chased him around and then outside the house, so he locked the door to prevent him from coming back inside and he told us the victim tried to enter the villa again through the kitchen window,” said the officer, 34.

A police captain said that they found a blood trail from the villa’s door all the way to where the victim finally fell unconscious outside the villa.

In court, the defendant denied a premeditated murder charge.

The next hearing will be on April 8.