Dubai: A mother, her two sons and their three friends went on trial on charges of attempted murder and torture of an Emirati man after he had an alleged relationship with her daughter, a court heard yesterday.
The 54-year-old Emirati housewife and her two sons aged 27 and 19, locked the Emirati man inside a villa at Al Rashidiya area with the assistance of three Emirati men. The court heard that the defendants were looking for their runaway daughter and thought the Emirati victim identified as A.M., knew about her location.
According to official records, Dubai Police was alerted about a man in a private clinic recovering from severe injuries after knife attack in September last year.
The Emirati jobless victim testified that he met the 18-year-old Emirati girl on Instagram and they were chatting on daily basis.
“She told me that she had many relationships and her brothers were always assaulting her. I advised her to report the matter to the police and took her to Bur Dubai police station and then left. Later, she told me that her family knew about the chat between us. I asked her to end the relationship and didn’t respond to her messages,” the victim said in records.
The family subsequently contacted the victim saying their daughter had fled and sought his help to find her.
He met one of the defendants near Mirdif City Centre when the others came and dragged him into a vehicle. They drove to villa where he was locked up.
“They stabbed me with a small knife on my arm and told me that they will kill me. They assaulted me and asked me to take off my clothes and clicked pictures. They assaulted me again with knives and the first defendant came in asking me about the location of her daughter. I told her that I didn’t know anything about her daughter and she told me they will slaughter me,” the victim added.
The two brothers and their friends told him that they will take him to hospital and threatened to kill him and publish the naked pictures if he reported the incident to the police.
The defendants then dropped him off in front of the clinic and left.
Dubai Police have arrested the mother, her two sons and their three friends.
“Some of them have a criminal record and they were in an unstable condition when they were arrested. They might have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” an Emirati policeman said in his records.
The Emirati daughter testified that she escaped from her family because they were always assaulting her.
“My brothers were invariably under the influence of drugs. The victim broke off his relationship [with me] because he was afraid of my brothers. I escaped from the house and my older sister told me that they brought the victim to the house and he was physically assaulted,” the Emirati daughter said.
The next hearing in the case is on May 14.