Dubai court blames nine-year-old child for drowning at birthday party
A Dubai court has posthumously blamed a nine-year-old boy for drowning at a pool party. (Shutterstock)
A party host has been acquitted of wrongly causing the death of a child who drowned while in her care.
The Indian housewife appeared before Dubai Court of Misdemeanours on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said the 37-year-old defendant was hosting a pool party for her son’s birthday and claimed her neglect and failure to monitor the guests while they were swimming was to blame for a nine-year-old partygoer drowning.
The victim’s 42-year-old Indian father said he dropped his child off at the party in Refaa at 5.30pm. He said: “After one hour she [the defendant] called me asking me to come back because something was wrong. I went to the area and saw paramedics carrying my baby’s body. They told me my boy had drowned.”
The father claimed he didn’t know that it was a pool party.
He added: “One of the parents told me that my son was swimming with other kids in the pool when he drowned. My son doesn’t know how to swim and if I knew it was a pool party, I wouldn’t have taken him there. The defendant had assured me that my son was in safe hands.”
An Egyptian safety expert testified that the depth of the pool was 1.2m at the shallow end and 2.2m at the deep end.
He said: “The pool had all safety procedures in place but there was no lifeguard. The boy was with his friends in the pool, but they went deeper and he drowned.”
The court found the defendant innocent as they blamed the boy for going in the pool despite not knowing how to swim.