Kerry Winter has not been seen since witnesses allegedly saw her being beaten and dragged into her car.
Kerry Winter has not been seen since witnesses allegedly saw her being beaten and dragged into her car.

Winter case suspect denies threatening to kill a witness



DUBAI// The British suspect in Kerry Winter's disappearance appeared in court unshaven and dishevelled yesterday to face a related charge of threatening to kill a witness who claims to have seen him beat the missing woman with a baseball bat. Dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and standing in the dock with his hands behind his back, the 42-year-old Briton, identified as MA, pleaded not guilty to issuing threats and endangering life by raising a baseball bat over the head of ZK, a Lebanese neighbour of Ms Winter who tried to come to her aid. Asked by the judge in the Dubai Misdemeanours Court if he raised a baseball bat over ZK's head intending to kill him, MA replied: "I did raise the baseball bat over his head but I had no intention of killing him." He made no further statements during the five-minute preliminary hearing. The case was adjourned until Oct 7 to allow time for the defence to call witnesses and prepare its case. After the court was adjourned, MA was taken back to his holding cell. Ms Winter, a South African who worked as an events co-ordinator in Dubai, has not been seen since witnesses saw the defendant allegedly beat her savagely and drag her bleeding into her own car on Aug 20. ZK was among those who said he saw him hit Ms Winter with a baseball bat on the head outside her rented villa in Al Barsha. MA has admitted to beating her but said he did not intend to kill her. He said after he was arrested that he dropped her off at the Arabian Ranches roundabout on Emirates Road, but police found no sign of her there. He then told prosecutors he dumped her body in the sea, but did not say exactly where. He was arrested at Dubai International Airport on Aug 26 when he returned from a brief trip to the UK and has been held on preliminary charges of assault and kidnapping while police search for Ms Winter or her body before issuing formal charges. The senior public prosecutor, Ahmad Eisa al Adhab, has said he would wait for forensics reports from Dubai Police CID before filing formal charges. He added that he planned to interview several more witnesses, and might interview MA again if new evidence turned up. The forensic reports include DNA tests on blood samples from the scene and physical evidence from Ms Winter's car and MA's residence and boat, which has been impounded by police. Police have said people who saw the attack tried to help, but MA attacked them and scared them away. Mr Adhab said the prosecution would decide when to stop looking for Ms Winter's body and refer the suspect to court only at the end of its investigation. The case would be built solely on physical evidence and witness testimony and the charge filed would be one the evidence supported, he said. He said the suspect could face anything from a charge of manslaughter to assault leading to death, but the court would be free to amend the charges. "They could either reduce the charges or increase them, it is up to the court," Mr Adhab said. He added that it would be difficult to prove a premeditated murder charge without a body. "Finding a body will help determine the severity of the injuries and how the victim was killed, if it was a violent death or not." However, Mr Adhab was confident that if MA had dumped Ms Winter's body at sea it would surface, even if it was tied securely and weighted down. "We do have a problem with the suspect's contradictory stories about how he got rid of Winter's body. First he told CID he dumped her in the desert, near Marmoum. We searched and found nothing there; now he's saying he dumped the body at sea but did not specify where exactly," Mr Adhab said. hmbathish@thenational.ae

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Investing in ETFs allows robo-advisers to offer fees far lower than traditional investments, such as actively managed mutual funds bought through a bank or broker. Investors can buy ETFs directly via a brokerage, but with robo-advisers they benefit from investment portfolios matched to their risk tolerance as well as being user friendly.

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The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE. 

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Read part three: the age of the electric vehicle begins

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative 

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Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
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Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

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  • Unlike previous French demonstrations there was no trade union or organised movement involved 
  • Demonstrators responded to online petitions and flooded squares to block traffic
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  • Named after the high visibility jackets that drivers must keep in cars 
  • Clashes soon turned violent as thousands fought with police at cordons
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  • For beginners or people who want to start investing with limited capital, Mr Nair suggests eToro. “The low fees and low minimum balance requirements make the platform more accessible,” he says. “The user interface is straightforward to understand and operate, while its social element may help ease beginners into the idea of investing money by looking to a virtual community.”
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Family: Mother of eight children and has 10 grandchildren

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Favourite book: My early life by Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah

Favourite quote: By Sheikh Zayed, the UAE's Founding Father, “Those who have no past will have no present or future.”

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Google wasn't new to busting out April Fool's jokes: before the Gmail "prank", it tricked users with mind-reading MentalPlex responses and said well-fed pigeons were running its search engine operations .

In subsequent years, they announced home internet services through your toilet with its "patented GFlush system", made us believe the Moon's surface was made of cheese and unveiled a dating service in which they called founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page "Stanford PhD wannabes ".

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Favourite travel destination: Maldives and south of France

Favourite pastime: Family and friends, meditation, discovering new cuisines

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Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
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