Maid who may have put urine in food is 'serial offender'
Police say a maid accused of putting urine in the food and drinks of her boss’s family may have done the same to other people in the past.
The Asian woman was arrested after her sponsor went to the police as he had noticed a suspicious smell in the suspect’s cooking.
Revealing fresh details of the case yesterday, Colonel Ahmad Al Murri, from CID, said the maid told officers she did it as she thought it would give her power over her employer and convince him to give her a pay rise. He also said she admitted doing it before.
“She told us that it was her own urine and we took her to the police station for questioning, where she confessed that over the past four months she kept putting drops of her urine in the food, soup and tea,” he said.
“She claimed she believed this would give her power to control the family and they would be unable reject any request from her, such as a pay increase or bonus.”
Al Murri added: “She said she knew the family was suspicious but they were still eating it. She also confessed that she had done it to an Arabic family before but they didn’t find out.”
After her employer made his complaint last week, a team from CID searched the maid’s room and found a bottle of yellow liquid.
Al Murri said: “The Emirati employer said there was a strange smell coming from the food she made, especially the salad and tea and they asked the housemaid but she said nothing.
“He said the strange smell worried them because it wasn’t a smell like spice or food.” The family told the police they kept an eye on the maid and started noticing drops of liquid around the house and released it was urine.
Al Murri added: “We have recorded similar incidents before of housemaids putting urine or blood in the food for revenge or sorcery. A couple of years ago a maid was mixing milk with her urine for a little baby thinking that the family wouldn’t fire her if she did.”
The housemaid has been charged with endangering the lives of others and her case has been referred to Dubai Public Prosecution.