Five people sentenced to death after stabbing businessman 62 times before hiding bodies in fridge
Five gang members were sentenced to death for killing a father of three in his Ajman apartment and hiding his body in a refrigerator.
The businessman, 33, was stabbed 62 times in the neck, head, back, face, shoulders and other parts of his body in a brutal attack.
The gang stole 109,000 Dh from the apartment and a Lexus car belonging to the Chinese citizen.
The shocking murder was uncovered when a friend of the man, worried he had been missing for two days, filed a report with Ajman Police on October 8 last year.
Investigators obtained a warrant to enter the victim’s home and found bloodstains on the floor.
Officers noticed that the refrigerator door was turned to face the wall. When they opened it, they found the corpse inside.
Evidence gathered from under the victim’s fingernails helped officers identify the suspects – two Indians and three Pakistanis.
Four of them were arrested, while the fifth suspect – a 25-year-old Indian construction worker – left the country from Sharjah International Airport a day after the murder and is still at large.
The men, aged 21 to 38, admitted that they planned to assassinate the businessman and steal his money.
They said they used a rope on October 5 last year to descend from the roof of the building to the children’s room in the man’s apartment and then accessed it through the opening of a window mounted air conditioning unit.
“They could have stolen the money and left,” said lawyer Awatif Mohammed of Al Rowaad Advocates, representing the victim’s wife, her three children and her parents.
“Instead, they waited for him to come home, immobilized him, wrapped a cable around his neck and then stabbed him several times before stuffing his body into the refrigerator,” he said. she declared in court, stressing the premeditated nature of the crime.
Ms. Awatif asked the accused to pay 200,000 Dh in blood costs, to cover her legal costs and to be sentenced to death.
On Monday, Ajman Criminal Court found all five guilty of murder – one of the gang members in his absence – and sentenced them to death.
Update: October 6, 2021, 4:10 p.m.