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Emirati man in Dubai killed by gardener for ‘bad treatment’ and non-payment of salaries


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A 29-year-old Pakistani gardener in Dubai is currently on trial for killing his elderly employer by strangling the latter with a bed sheet. 

According to the defendant, he killed his Emirati employer due to ‘bad treatment’ and ‘non-payment of full salary.’

The incident happened in June 2020 when the Emirati’s wife left him alone at their house in the Al Muraqqabat area and went outside. Upon returning to their house, she saw her lifeless husband. 

“I thought he had fallen again as he was sick and suffered from diabetes. I asked him to call the ambulance and called the victim’s sons. My husband had a surgery in his eyes and can’t hear well,” the wife said. 

The authorities in the emirate were alerted after paramedics noticed a fabric around the Emirati’s neck that led the family to suspect the defendant, who escaped on the same day. 

“The victim’s wife said that he worked illegally with them as he is on different sponsorship. He was arrested on the next day and admitted to killing the victim,” a policeman said. 

Citing a Gulf News report, the Pakistani man was promised to be paid AED2,000 monthly. However, he only got paid AED800 two months after before reducing his salary to AED600. He said that his employer used to abuse him by beating him with a stick and insulting him all the time. 

Ryan Namia
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