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Emirati woman kills maid by beating her with sticks, electric wire

Even though the accused earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges, both courts (the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeals) convicted her of the charge of physical assault that caused the victim’s death.

An Emirati woman, who had been sentenced to 10 years in jail for torturing and beating up her maid, has lost the appeal.

The Court of Appeals has upheld the 10-year jail sentence against the 35-year-old woman (an employee) for repeatedly beating her maid with a bamboo stick and an electric wire which caused her fatal injuries.

Even though the accused earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges, both courts (the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeals) convicted her of the charge of physical assault that caused the victim’s death.

During the investigation, it was revealed that the defendant did not intentionally kill the victim but she was careless in getting her the necessary treatment she needed at the time for the injuries she received due to the recurrent physical abuse.

 

The victim’s co-worker, a 19-year-old maid with a Comoros Islands passport, said she witnessed the defendant physically assaulting the victim on several occasions. She claimed she had seen how their employer would slap, punch and kick the other maid. She also claimed she was beaten and was subject of mistreatment when she worked at the defendant’s sister house.

The defendant’s neighbour, an Egyptian pharmacist, 35, said he would often hear the screams of victim while being beaten up by her employer. “On the day of the incident, I heard the defendant’s loud voice which I am familiar with and the victim’s scream for help. Earlier, I saw the victim looking very sad outside her employer’s flat”.

The forensic report showed the victim had severe injuries including burn marks which were neglected over time. She suffered as a consequence of blood clot and lung and kidney infection before she died in December 2015.

Several sticks used in the assault were seized from the defendant’s house.

 

The verdict remains subject to be challenged at the Court of Cassation.

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