ABU DHABI // Police have arrested a cook suspected of dismembering a man and dumping the body parts in rubbish skips across Al Ain.
The cook, from Bangladesh, is thought to have stabbed a Pakistani labourer to death over a financial dispute before mutilating his body and chopping it into four pieces in an effort to hide the evidence.
A member of the public came across a bagful of body parts inside a skip and alerted police, according to Brig Gen Hamad Al Amimi, the chief of Al Ain Police, who described the crime as “heinous” and “foreign” to the UAE community’s culture.
Following the grim discovery police found more parts at a landfill site on the outskirts of the city, according to Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National. All the body parts were wrapped inside plastic bags.
Police identified the body as belonging to a man who had been reported missing.
Their investigations showed the dead man had been involved in a financial dispute with the cook, who worked for a family in Al Ain.
Officers claimed that during interrogation the cook admitted murdering the man, citing the financial dispute.
He told police that he invited the man to his room before stabbing him multiple times. He said he defaced the body and cut it up so that it would not be recognisable.
Interrogations found that the cook had planned the murder, and was preparing to leave the country after he had taken revenge.
The cook was arrested at his house in Al Neyadat area a few hours before he was allegedly due to flee the country.
He has been referred to the public prosecution.