Runaway maid stabbed brothel owner to death, Dubai court told

A runaway maid killed the man who convinced her to abscond from her sponsor and become a sex worker after he attacked her in a drunken rage and blamed her for allowing a prostitute to escape from his brothel.

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DUBAI // A runaway maid killed the man who convinced her to abscond from her sponsor and become a sex worker after he attacked her in a drunken rage and blamed her for allowing a prostitute to escape from his brothel.

The Dubai Criminal Court was told that in the early hours of August 9 this year the victim, F A, arrived at a flat in Oud Al Mutaina where he met three Bangladeshis, NM, 25, and MA, 28, both women, and H S, 28.

F A, whose age and nationality was not in records, was drunk and began to shout at them. He then took a knife and stabbed N M from behind in her right shoulder. The woman was then able to grab the knife and stab F A in his upper left thigh before fleeing the apartment.

“When F A arrived two women and a man opened up,” said AH, who went with FA to the flat. “He started screaming and hitting them. Seconds later he asked for a knife and stabbed the woman with it. When then happened I ran away,” he said.

Pakistani R M, 26, was walking to a fast food restaurant at nearly 5am on August 9 when he saw A H running toward him. “He stopped me and asked for my phone, mumbling that two women and a man had murdered someone in building number 50,” said R M, adding that as he reached for his phone A H ran off.

“I traced the blood to a flat on the first where the door was open and I could see a pool of blood, I got scared and called police,” he said

Lieutenant M R A, 31, said investigations lead to the arrest of A H who provided police with the identities N M, M A and H S.

On August 11, M A was arrested and confessed to being present at the time of murder. “She told us she was there on the orders of the victim and said H S had brought the knife after a heated argument between the victim and NM, which he handed to N M and she used it to stab the victim,” testified M R A.

The following day N M was arrested in Al Ain.

“She said she came to Abu Dhabi to work as a maid but the victim lured her into absconding and working as a prostitute. On the day of murder he held her responsible for the escape of one of the prostitutes and demanded she pays him Dh6,000 to make up for his loss,” said M R A.

HS was arrested on August 12. Prosecutors charged N M with premeditated murder and H S with aiding and abetting N M in murder and running a brothel. M A was charged with working as a prostitute.

The case has been adjourned until a later date.

salamir@thenational.ae