The 28-year-old Nepalese man, S.B., was said to have been drunk when he slit the neck of his countryman, D.R., and then stabbed him to death after the victim failed to repay his money.
The Dubai Appeal Court rejected S.B.'s appeal and upheld the life sentence against him.
The situation turned sour on
"I was under the influence of alcohol and did not realise what happened. I did not intend to kill him. It all happened so fast. We indulged in a heated argument that developed into a fight," argued S.B. when he entered an innocent plea in courtroom 20.
The accused said that he and the victim were drinking alcohol before the incident.
Prosecutors said S.B. intentionally killed D.R. when he slit his throat and repeatedly stabbed him with a knife in different parts of his body.
A policeman said D.R's body was found face down between two trucks with blood all over and his throat was slit open and intestines gashed.
A Bangladeshi security guard said the incident took place at the company where the defendant and the victim worked.
"I was at the labour accommodation when the defendant rushed to me with both his hands soaked in blood. He told me that he had killed someone. I made him wait in an office and informed the supervisor, who called the police," claimed the guard.
An Indian supervisor claimed that S.B. guided him to the place where D.R.'s body was.
The policeman said
"A police patrol was dispatched to the location. The defendant had already turned himself in to the security guard," said the policeman.
Meanwhile prosecution records cited the defendant saying that he lent the victim money because he needed help.
"I visited him to ask for my money. We drank alcohol and had a heated argument and then he mocked me and refused to pay me back. I bought a knife and returned to D.R.'s residenceÂ€¦ when he challenged me to do whatever I wanted, I took out the knife and stabbed him," the accused was quoted saying.
Sunday's ruling remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court within 30 days.
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