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Woman is guilty of suicide bid

Former waitress uses razor to scratch vehicles in hotel car park, then slashes herself.

DUBAI // A woman who lost her job as a waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai slashed her neck and wrists before using the same razor to scratch vehicles in the hotel's car park, a court heard last week.

FS, a 30-year-old from Belarus, was sacked in August 2011 and became desperate after attempts to convince her bosses to take her back failed.

The Dubai Court of Misdemeanours heard that at dawn on January 4, witnesses saw the waitress enter the hotel bleeding from the neck and wrists.

Prosecutors said she was looking for an employee of the hotel, but when she was unsuccessful, she took out a razor blade and proceeded to scratch two vehicles in the car park - a four-wheel-drive BMW and a black Hummer. She assumed the vehicles belonged to the hotel, but they belonged to two people staying there.

"I saw her damaging the cars and when I tried to stop her she ran away," said the hotel's security guard AK, a 26-year-old from India.

The razor blade was the same one the waitress had used to injure herself. "I bought it from the supermarket for this purpose," she told investigating officers.

The waitress then walked back to her own car and drove off. Soon afterwards, she was involved in a crash. Police took her to Rashid Hospital where her wounds were treated and her bleeding stopped.

FS was charged with attempting suicide and damaging property. She pleaded guilty to both and awaits a verdict on April 8.

salamir@thenational.ae