A Pakistani man accused of beating his wife to death will have to wait until April 21 for his fate to be decided after the Dubai Criminal Court yesterday adjourned for the verdict.
The defence counsel argued in court yesterday that the accused, MG, a 26-year-old tailor, said his wife's death was caused by an accident and not because of any beating. He argued that she died because the hospital she was taken to was late in treating her. It was not until the following morning that she was attended to because the specialist was not there, he said.
The accused had allegedly asked his wife to feed their baby more than once but she refused. She went to the roof and took off her hijab, it was alleged. The prosecution said this angered the defendant who started to beat her with a plastic hose on various parts of her body and she fell to the ground and fainted.
The husband then took her to hospital where she died a few days later because of complications in the head. Anesthetist Ali Mohammed of Khalifa Hospital in Ajman testified that nurses told him the man brought his wife in at dawn, claiming she had fallen down the stairs.
Mohammed said he took the woman into the emergency section and checked her. He found bruises on the head and various parts of her body. Suspecting a criminal offence, Mohammed discussed the issue with the head of emergency section Dr Abdul Karim Helmi. The two then called the police.
After the forensic report concluded that the head injury led to complications and then to death, the Public Prosecution accused the man of beating his wife to death. He has been in custody since April last year.
- A 34-year-old Indian driver, HM, accused of raping a Nepalese housemaid denied his charges at the Dubai Criminal Court yesterday. The court adjourned the case to April 28 after the defendant's lawyer asked for more time to study the case documents. The court also asked the Public Prosecution to produce the victim, 25-year-old KB in court for the next hearing.
- A 25-year-old Iranian salesman, YM, was charged with assaulting his compatriot, 14-year-old AD, a female student, while she was in his house. The salesman, who was introduced to the victim by a mutual friend, had allegedly become close to her and told her he loved her. He invited her over to his house for lunch one day, when he allegedly assaulted her.
- The Dubai Criminal Court adjourned two forgery cases to April 21. In the first case, a 25-year-old Indian, identified only as M, allegedly forged his sponsor Mohammed Saif's signature on a document to falsely raise his salary from Dh1,000 to Dh4,500. He was also absconding for some time.
- Another case where three Bangladeshis allegedly forged 12 visit visas and tried to sell them for Dh8,000 each, was adjourned by the court to April 21. The police set an ambush and the three were arrested while trying to sell a visa to a police agent. The three are AA (28, tailor), MR (34, unemployed) and MJ (34, technician).