Horrific murder of prostitute using her headscarf gets Dubai worker life in prison
A worker has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling a prostitute with her headscarf after they fought over whether he should pay her Dh50 or Dh100.
The 27-year-old Bangladeshi worker, M.K., was said to have killed his countrywoman prostitute, identified as Salma, because he quarrelled with her over the fee after having sex with her in 2012.
In November 2012 the Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced M.K. in absentia to 15 years.
As per the Criminal Procedures Law, M.K. contested the ruling in absentia and requested a retrial.
On Tuesday presiding judge Mohammad Jamal cancelled the 15-year jail term and handed M.K. a life sentence (25 years).
“The accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment,” said presiding Judge Jamal.
Records said a Dubai Municipality worker discovered the woman’s decomposed body a few months after her death in a deserted villa marked for demolition.
Chief Prosecutor Khalid Al Zarouni of Bur Dubai Prosecution had asked for M.K. to be given the death sentence.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors said M.K. quarrelled with the victim after having sex with her in the deserted villa in Mankhoul. They argued over her fee. Then in an act that prosecutors described as “outrageous and devil-driven” the defendant wrapped Salma’s shayla around her neck and strangled her.
Dubai Police’s forensic examiner said the body had been left decomposing for six months.
An Emirati police sergeant said primary interrogations exposed M.K.’s involvement in the incident.
“When we first questioned him, M.K. denied it and claimed that he didn’t know her. He gave an inconsistent statement. Then he confessed that he knew that Salma was a prostitute. He agreed to have sex with her for money but they did not specify how much from the beginning. He walked her to the deserted villa and went up to one of the rooms. When he finished having intercourse with her she asked for Dh100. He insisted on paying Dh50. He claimed that she became outraged and insisted he pay Dh100 otherwise she would send some people to force him to do so. That was when they fought. M.K. said he snatched her shayla and strangled her. He said he left her dead on the ground and absconded without taking her purse or belongings,” said the sergeant.
An Emirati police lieutenant said Salma’s half-naked corpse was covered with a wooden board.