Sunday, September 22, 2013

"..A Indian strangled his wife to death because he felt divorce would be too costly, a Dubai court heard yesterday..."

Murdering wife 'cheaper than divorce', hears Dubai court

Salam Al Amir

Sep 22, 2013 Updated: Sep 22, 2013 18:47:0

A man strangled his wife to death because he felt divorce would be too costly, a court heard yesterday.

AQ, 23, from India, murdered Bushra Atif with the help of his friend RA, 28, from Pakistan, then wrapped her body in a bin bag and dumped it in the desert, prosecutors told the Criminal Court.

The bag was discovered on the Dubai to Al Ain Road by a municipality cleaner who spotted the woman's head protruding and called police.

When officers tried to contact the woman's husband they discovered he had left the country on the same day as her death – March 11.

The court heard that the man had brought his wife to the UAE about three years ago but that he had moved out of their home and moved in with his friend, whom the wife believed to be a bad influence.

"She told me that she often warned him about his friend and asked him to stay away from him but he wouldn't listen," testified the dead woman's father-in-law, QA, 55.

The couple's problems grew after the man quit his job. Once he came home drunk and assaulted his wife because she asked him to look for work, said the father-in-law.

"I wouldn't be surprised if my son and his Pakistani friend did it and killed her," he said, adding that Atif had confided that her husband was having an affair with a Filipina.

The man began spending more and more time with his friend before eventually moving in to share his accommodation at a labour camp.


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