Woman’s jail term raised over husband’s murder

Appeal Court also upholds death sentence for lover, who conspired with wife to murder her husband

Dubai: A woman, who abetted her lover to murder her husband by mowing him down and burning his body, had her 15-year jail term raised to a life sentence on Sunday.

The 32-year-old lover, from Comoros Islands, lured his countryman best friend to a car, struck him with a rock, mowed him down and killed him before setting him on fire in October 2016.

In March, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 32-year-old defendant of premeditatedly murdering the victim in collaboration with the latter’s wife.

The lover was handed a capital punishment and the 22-year-old wife, also from Comoros Islands, was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Prosecutors appealed the primary judgement against the defendants and asked the Appeal Court to uphold the 32-year-old defendant’s death sentence and to increase the wife’s 15-year jail term.

Meanwhile, the defendants pleaded not guilty and asked for a reduced punishment.

The 32-year-old renewed his plea that the woman incited him to kill her husband.

On Sunday, the Dubai Appeal Court upheld the death punishment against the defendant.

Presiding judge Eisa Al Sharif said the court approved prosecutors’ appeal and increased jail term to a life sentence. She will be deported following the completion of her punishment.

A watchman saw the husband’s body on fire near a warehouse in Al Ghusais and alerted Dubai Police and the Civil Defence.

The victim’s body was found to have been completely burnt when officers arrived at the scene.

Moreover, the couple were tried before the Dubai Misdemeanours Court for having unwedded sex.

Police interrogations revealed that the woman and her lover had conspired to kill the husband.

The wife had been having a sexual affair with the victim, who was his best friend.

The male convict lured his best friend [husband] to his car, tied his hands and legs and then pounded his head with a rock, said records.

When he noticed that the victim was still breathing, he struck his head repeatedly on the car and ran his vehicle over him several times. Then he took the body to an area in front of the warehouse where he set it on fire after dousing it with petrol.

The victim’s 85-year-old father said his son had been married to the 22-year-old woman for four years and they shared his accommodation with their two children.

“When I asked my daughter-in-law about her husband’s whereabouts, she told me that he went to the beach. The next day she claimed that he did not show up and that he had not answered her calls,” claimed the father.

The Indian watchman, who found the burnt body, testified that the victim was already dead when he called up the police at 11pm.

A police major testified that the woman defendant admitted that she had an illicit affair with her husband’s friend [the male accused] for two years.

“She said due to constant quarrels with her husband, she and her lover decided to get rid of the victim. The 22-year-old said she had planned with her accomplice to stage a fight with her husband and then the 32-year-old would intervene to resolve the dispute between them before they carry out their murderous intention,” the major said.

Dubai Police’s forensic examiner said the victim had already died before he was set on fire.

Sunday’s appellate ruling remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court within 30 days.

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