Employer accused of torturing, killing maid
An employer in Abu Dhabi has denied killing her housemaid but admitted handing out beatings to make the worker a better cleaner.
The Emirati woman told Abu Dhabi Criminal Court on Sunday: “I only beat her up. I just wanted her to do the housework properly.
“I didn’t mean to hurt or kill her.” The Ethiopian maid was found dead in the bathroom at her employer’s home. A forensic report revealed that the woman died from wounds she sustained during an assault.
The Emirati defendant’s two children told prosecutors that they witnessed their mother torturing the housemaid daily.
Her daughter said: “One day, during Ramadan, I found my mother beating up the maid. She poured boiling water on her body and threw pepper in her eyes.” The girl, whose age was not mentioned in court papers, said her mum had tied the maid’s feet together with an electrical cable as she beat her. She added: “The woman could not resist the torture.”
This incident took place just a few days before the maid died, according to the girl. Prosecutors allege that when the woman discovered the dead maid she told her two children to change the worker’s clothes in an attempt to hide the crime.
The defendant is accused of trying to hide evidence by getting her children to change the Ethiopian’s clothes and put a new outfit on her.
Prosecutors said the maid’s torn and blood-stained clothes were later recovered.
They have charged the Emirati boss with assault leading to death. She denied the charge. The case was adjourned to December 31 and the woman remains in custody.