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Salesman tried to stab sleeping colleague to death

By Eman Al Baik

An Indian salesman was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by deportation by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance for stabbing his co-worker and roommate several times, wanting to kill him after he was sacked from his job.

Records mentioned that prompt medical intervention helped save the life of the victim who sustained three per cent permanent disability.

On October 23 last year, the victim, SO, 34, Indian worker, returned to the accommodation in Al Quoz late at night and went to sleep. He woke up as he was being stabbed in his back, neck and chest.

“I tried to run away, I opened the door and rushed to the corridor of the accommodation. My roommate NH, 39, followed me and continued stabbing me until I fainted. I don’t know what happened next. I woke up after five days in the hospital,” the victim told prosecutors.

Other workers in the accommodation called the police. \

“The victim was lying in a pool of blood in the accommodation’s corridor. Blood was coming out from different parts of his body. An ambulance was rushed to the scene,” testified police officer Walid Nasser.

A worker told police he saw NH running after the victim and trying to stab him with a knife. “I saw him stabbing the victim and then leaving him as the latter fell unconscious,” he testified.

“Tracing blood stains on the floor, I reached to the room which was locked from inside. I knocked at the door and heard a person inside refuse to open the door.  I broke into the room and saw the accused sitting on a bed holding a knife in his hand. After a short argument, he put down the knife and surrendered,” testified the officer.

The accused claimed that the he was intending to kill the victim as the latter had abused him. Police found out that the accused had been dismissed from his job and that he had disputes and disagreements with the victim.

The Dubai Prosecution accused NHA, 39, of premeditated murder attempt. The accused prepared for killing his roommate SO by buying a knife and stabbing the victim savagely in his back, neck and chest while he was sleeping. When the victim woke up, got up from the bed and ran away from the room, the latter chased him into the corridor, caught him and stabbed him until fainted. He left him only when he thought that the victim had died, said the Prosecution.

The medical report said the victim sustained a number of fatal injuries that caused a fracture in one of the neck vertebrae bones. Some stabs were deep into the chest cavity which cut off arteries completely. Prompt medical intervention and surgeries that lasted for six months helped save the life of the victim, the medical report said.