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Man who killed co-worker over Dh500 debt loses appeal

July 20, 2014

Court Correspondent

Dubai: A man lost his appeal on Sunday and will have to serve a life sentenceor slitting his co-worker's throat and killing him over a Dh500 loan.

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.

Presiding judge Eisa Mohammad Al Sharif said the accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment. The Nepalese worker lent his countryman D.R. Dh500 in February 2013.

The situation turned sour on May 17 when the defendant, according to records, stabbed his co-worker seven times because he had repeatedly ignored his requests to repay the Dh500.

"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 Dubai Police's Operation Room was informed about a white weapon assault in Al Quoz.

"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 residence 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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Source: Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)

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