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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Worker who killed boss for 'refusing to let him resign' to spend life in jail

Technician stabs supervisor to death and assaults colleague who tried to stop him

A technician, who stabbed his boss to death then assaulted his colleague in Dubai, has been sentenced to life in prison.

On August 6 last year, police were called to a labour accommodation in Jebel Ali Industrial Area to find a group of workers crowded outside a second-floor room.

Inside the room lay the Indian victim in a pool of his blood. The Pakistani accused, 25, was still locked inside with the deceased.

“We were escorted by one of the workers to the room where they kept hold of the accused. His clothes, and hands were bloodied,” said a Yemeni police officer, 55.

The assaulted colleague told police that the defendant locked himself inside the room with him and his supervisor. He took out a knife and stabbed the supervisor to death. The colleague said that, when he tried to stop the attack, he was stabbed as well.

Police arrested the man but, during questioning, the defendant would not respond to their questions. They referred him to a medical committee for mental assessment but the medical report showed he was conscious of his actions during the murder.

When questioned by prosecutors, the defendant said his supervisor had threatened to abuse him physically and sexually and refused to sign his resignation letter so he could return to his home country.

Forensic teams identified that the fingerprints on the knife, which was found on the room floor, belonged to the defendant.

But in court last December, he denied stabbing the victim to death and assaulting the second man.

On Sunday, the defendant was sentenced to life in prison to be followed by deportation. He can appeal the sentence within two weeks.