Labourer denies killing colleague

A Pakistani man denies that he killed a compatriot after the victim allegedly insulted his clan, a court hears.

DUBAI // A Pakistani man has denied that he killed a compatriot after the victim allegedly insulted his clan, a court heard yesterday. The victim, AA, was stabbed to death at the Headley Construction labour camp on May 30 of last year after allegedly getting into a heated argument with three Pakistani men, including the suspect, SH, 30, and insulting the lineage of one of them. A witness told prosecutors that AA, himself and two other persons including SH got into an argument during which AA insulted SH's family in Pakistan. He told police investigators on the day of the attack that SH then stabbed the victim, leaving the knife broken off inside his body.

Police officers testified that the suspect was found hiding under a trailer after a four-hour manhunt in the Jebel Ali industrial area. The victim's body was found lying in a pool of blood. Forensic evidence reports show he was stabbed several times and that a knife handle recovered from the suspect matched the blade found in the defendant's possession. The presiding judge, Hamad Abdel Latif of the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance, adjourned the case to February 8 so that the defendant could be provided with a court-appointed attorney.

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