Abusive boss jailed for killing maid with pan
A woman has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for beating her maid to death with a frying pan.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court also jailed the woman’s neighbour, who was also convicted of attacking the Indonesian victim, to 13 years behind bars.
The court also ordered that the defendants, who are both Emirati, each pay blood money of Dhs200,000 to the family of the maid.
Prosecutors told the court that the employer and her neighbour struck the maid with a frying pan in a brutal attack after the pair had removed the victim’s clothes.
The two defendants were also accused of trying to cover up their crime by telling investigators that the maid had suffered her head injuries when she slipped and fell.
Both defendants denied assault leading to death when they appeared at an earlier hearing, each accusing the other of having killed the victim.
The employer accused her neighbour of being gay and said he killed the maid because the victim had threatened to report his homosexuality to the police. The neighbour denied the claim and said he was present at the woman’s house when she attacked her maid. He claimed he did not take part in the beating.
A witness testified that the employer used to regularly strip the victim to humiliate her and beat her daily.
The witness also said the employer would torture her maid by forcing her to eat large amounts of food mixed with chili. Another witness, an Ethiopian maid who worked in the same house, also testified that the victim was beaten most days by their employer.
She told the court that on the day of the maid’s death, she heard the victim screaming. She added that when she went to find out what was happening, she found her colleague lying naked on the floor and unconscious.
The woman’s employer was arrested and interviewed by the police. The court was told that during questioning, the employer confessed to beating her maid with a frying pan and said she did so because she wanted to discipline her. However, the woman told the police that she had not intended to kill the maid.