Man strangled prostitute with her scarf after arguing over money, Dubai court told

The man allegedly dumped the woman's body in the sand, took her phone and left the country a few days later after resigning from work.

DUBAI // A man strangled a prostitute with her own scarf, prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court.

Prosecutors said Bangladeshi M M, 29, met the victim, S B near the port in Jebel Ali on March 1, 2003 and had sex in a deserted area. Thereafter an argument broke out between the two over payment

M M allegedly wrapped the woman’s scarf around her neck and strangled her. He then dumped the body in the sand, took her phone and within a few days left the country after resigning from work.

The court did not reveal when M M was arrested and when he returned to the UAE.

Police were alerted after a body was found in Jebel Ali several days later.

“We found ID on the body identifying the deceased,” said policeman A A, 28. Police also found the victim’s mobile phone, which M M had used.

“We arrested him at his accommodation and found a list of calls between him and S B on his and her phone. Later he confessed that he had killed her,” A A said.

In court, M M denied a charge of premeditated murder and another of theft. “I don’t know anything about this case and when this happened I wasn’t even in the country.”

The next hearing will be on April 6.