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Mohammad Yasin, Staff reporter
Dubai Criminal Court has sentenced an African housekeeper to a year in prison followed by deportation after she was found guilty of assaulting her employer, breaking her finger and causing her lasting disability as a result of a dispute between the two parties.
The case traced back to a complaint filed by a Gulf woman in which she said she was assaulted by her maid. The complainant said an argument that took place between her and her maid resulted in the latter assaulting the former, punching her and pulling her by the hair until she fell on the ground.
The complainant testified in the prosecution’s inquiries that she asked for help from her children in the same house who took the maid away from her and called the police and ambulance. The maid was arrested and the applicant was transferred to hospital for the necessary medical treatment.
According to the forensic report, the complainant suffered multiple injuries and bruises on different parts of her body and her finger was broken as a result of the maid’s assault.
When questioned, the housekeeper denied assaulting her employer, but admitted to breaking her finger after her employer tried to beat her.
In addition, an African man brought 600 grams of narcotics in his suitcase and alleged that they belonged to a female passenger on the same flight. The court sentenced him to 10 years in prison followed by deportation and a fine of 50,000 Dhs.
The case dates back to November last year when a customs inspector at Dubai airport discovered three rolls suspected of being narcotics in the suitcase of an African man coming to the United Arab Emirates.
According to his testimony during the inquests, the customs inspector said the baggage scanner showed there was something abnormal in the African’s suitcase. He therefore asked the African if he had any prohibited material inside the suitcase, but the latter denied it.
When he began to manually search the African’s suitcase, the customs inspector found three rolls of 600 grams suspected of being marijuana.