The torture is believed to have lasted from July 2018 till October 2018.
An expatriate and his wife have both been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Dubai court for physically assaulting his mother and unintentionally causing her death.
The Court of First Instance heard that a 29-year-old Indian resident and his 28-year-old Indian wife tortured his mother repeatedly, causing her bone and rib fractures, internal bleeding, and severe burns. They even cut her right eye iris out and part of her other eye.
Both denied the charge. The court ordered their deportation after they completed their jail terms. They are both detained.
The torture is believed to have lasted from July 2018 till October 2018. A case was registered at Al Qusais police station.
The case was exposed by the couple’s neighbour who is a hospital employee.
The 54-year-old Indian witness recounted how the wife visited her at her apartment in the same building. “She was then holding her daughter. She claimed that her mother-in-law, who had come from India, did not take proper care of her child and the girl would often fall sick. She wanted me to look after the girl until she came back from work.”
About three days later, the witness spotted an elderly woman lying down in her neighbours’ balcony. “That woman was almost naked with apparent burn marks on her body. I informed the security guard.”
The witness then knocked on the couple’s door. “I found his mother on the floor. Her clothes were sticking to her body and she obviously was in critical condition and needed urgent medical treatment. I called the ambulance.”
The witness recalled how the mother cried and screamed of pain when the paramedics tried to carry her because of the burns she had. “The defendant remained in the flat and did not go with his mother. I told the paramedics he should go along. He went later after they talked him into it.”
A Filipino paramedic, 36, recounted how he found the victim in a very bad shape in her son’s flat. “She was in awful pain. Her hands and legs were swollen and her legs bore burn marks. Her son claimed she had poured hot water on herself when we asked him about the cause of the burns. He was standing far from her, apparently indifferent about her condition.”
The paramedic added that the son did not help carry his mother to the ambulance while the neighbours, who were around, stepped in to help. The forensic doctor told the prosecutor that the mother weighed just 29kg at the time of her death.
“She was tortured repeatedly in a short span of time. Burns covered 10 per cent of her body. The bone and rib fractures, internal bleeding, beating with different tools, burns, negligence and starvation have all led to the deterioration of her health condition.”
A hospital certificate showed the mother died on October 31, 2018. The defendants have a 15-day deadline to appeal the verdict.
Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…
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