Carpenter on trial for beating man to death
A carpenter has gone on trial accused of beating his colleague to death.
Dubai Court of Instance was told how the 29-year-old defendant allegedly launched into a brutal assault of kicks of punches after the victim, who he claims was drunk, had insulted him.
Prosecutors said the Bangladeshi worker then took the man’s mobile phone and wallet – containing just Dhs25 and ran off leaving him to die.
According to official records the defendant told prosecutors he saw the man near a bus stop in Jebel Ali, Dubai and agreed to help him make it back to their labour camp as he was drunk.
“I agreed and started walking with him. We reached an empty and dark area when the victim urinated on himself,” the defendant said.
“I insulted him, asking why he had done that. He insulted me and I couldn’t control myself and assaulted him with punches and kicks. He kept insulting me.”
The court was told how the defendant allegedly kept punching the victim in the face until he noticed he was hardly breathing and was covered in blood.
“I stole his phone and wallet which only contained Dhs25 and a metro card and escaped leaving the victim bleeding,” he added in records.
Police discovered the body after the incident in October and said the victim had died from severe head injuries.
Officers arrested the defendant after discovering he had been using the dead man’s phone.
“We traced the number and the learned the defendant had been using the phone,” a 24-year-old Emirati policeman said in records.
The defendant failed to appear at court and the trial has been adjourned until next month.