Sibling of dead girl tells police of abuse
The sister of a girl who was allegedly tortured and killed by her father has said she witnessed him abuse her sibling on the day she is believed to have died, Dubai Police said.
The body of eight-year-old Wadiyma was found buried in the desert last week. It is believed it had been there for three months. Dubai Police arrested the girl’s father shortly after the discovery.
Wadiyma’s sister, Meyra, six, told the police that their father would physically abuse the pair, a source close to the investigation told 7DAYS yesterday. She also allegedly told them that the last time she saw Wadiyma alive, her sister was being tortured.
The source said: “She said her father and his lover shaved her sister’s head then threw boiling water on her until she was unconscious. They then picked her up and closed the bathroom door. Meyra claims that when they opened it hours later, they found Wadiyma dead.”
The source added: “Meyra said she heard them planning to bury her sister in the desert and her father covered her body with fabric and took her outside. This was in March.”
Meyra is being treated in Latifa Hospital, Dubai. She is suffering from injuries consistent with having been abused.
The police source said: “The father used to tell his daughters they were filthy and dirty.”
The father, a 27-year-old Emirati, was arrested last Wednesday along with his alleged lover. The head of Dubai Public Prosecution, Attorney General Eissam Issa Al Humaidan, said: “We are still investigating and will finish the case soon before we refer it to Dubai Courts.
He might be charged with murder or assault leading to death. We are awaiting reports and testimonies from witnesses and the suspects.”
The girls’ mum said the suspect got custody of the children after they divorced.