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03 March 2024

Man 'stabs ex-employer 30 times' to death

By Eman Al Baik

A 35-year-old Indian allegedly killed his ex-employer by stabbing him 30 times and hammering his head for failing to give him a salary hike, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

NMK is accused of premeditated murder of SRM. He allegedly visited the deceased's residence and committed the crime on July 9.

Forensic doctor Yesri Habib testified that he checked the crime site on July 10 and had confirmed that the victim had died due to the injuries received. "There was one stab mark on his neck, another on the left side of the chest that went deep into the heart and the third on the right side of his stomach. Each of these stabs individually could have caused his death," he added.

The company’s administrative director Smita Rajiv, 37, Indian, testified that the accused had been worked for the company for four years and in May 2010, he submitted his resignation.

She testified: “I met him following his repeated request. He told me that the victim had promised to improve his status but failed to do so despite his efficient performance. He threatened to pursue him in his home country and also said that he has nothing to lose," she testified.

She informed the victim but the latter did not take the threat seriously, she added.

Policeman Jasim Mohammed said the accused was arrested in Sharjah.

Meawhile, NMK confessed to police that the victim owed him about Dh45,000 in unpaid salary. “I called the finance manager on July 9 and asked to meet him. I went to his house in Karama. He opened the door for me and we spoke various things including the salary issue. When I told him about the salary difference, he asked me not to mention that. I got angry and pushed him twice, then he grabbed a knife that was on the table and wanted to stab me. But in time I saw a hammer on the table, which I grabbed and hit his head several times. When the hammer came apart, I  took the knife and stabbed him three to four times in the neck and head. I then changed into one of his shirts. Placed the knife and my shirt in a bag and returned to my residence in Sharjah," he testified.

The next day the accused allegedly threw the bag in a garbage bin, said the policeman. “The victim deserved to die because he was unjust with me,” claimed the accused. 

Second Lieutenant Adel Ali repeated the same testimony. The accused was in a very normal condition when he confessed to the crime, he added.

Corporal Qasim Mohammed said that the accused did not show any repentance when confessing to the crime and even laughed at times.

Meanwhile, another policeman said the victim's wife in India called up one of her acquaintences - SN - and asked him to check on her husband as he was not answering the phone. SN testified that he knocked at the victim's door at around 6.30am and got no answer."But I heard the TV as well as his mobile ringing inside and I suspected something was wrong. So I called the watchman and went up again and knocked at the door and notified the police who came and opened the door. I did not know about the murder until the next day as police asked me to stay away. However, I know that the accused was not satisfied with his salary and that he had a problem regarding that with the victim,” he testified.

First Lieutenant Ali Saif said: “The victim was found laying in a pool of blood belly down.

Presiding Judge Maher Al Mahdi adjourned the case until November 27 for hearing witnesses.