United Arab Emirates: five men sentenced to death for murder of businessman in Ajman
Ajman: The Ajman Criminal Court sentenced five Asians to death for the premeditated murder of an Asian businessman and for the theft of Dh 109,000 from his apartment in Ajman.
The accused include QM, 39; MT, 25; AM, 21; TS, 27; and JS, 26, who was charged in absentia.
The court also fined them Dh 109,000 and referred the civil action to the civil court.
What had happened?
Police had received a report from an Asian man indicating that his friend, the businessman, was missing. As he did not answer his cell phone, the friend went to his apartment and knocked on the door, but there was no response.
A police patrol was dispatched to the victim’s home. During the search, the police found the body in the refrigerator. It turned out that the person inside the refrigerator was the person missing from the report and he was the owner of the building.
After examining surveillance cameras and carrying out investigations, the perpetrators were identified – they were tenants of an apartment in the victim’s apartment building.
Security footage showed the victim entering her apartment, then two people following her into the apartment. After about two and a half hours, five people were seen leaving the apartment – three of them went to their own apartment and two people went to the roof of the building.
Getaway offer foiled
A police alert concerning the accused revealed that three of them were on board a plane which was on the runway. The plane was stopped and the defendants were arrested, along with their co-defendants from the apartment.
After questioning the third defendant as part of the prosecution’s investigation into the incident, he confessed that he committed the murder and theft with the help of the four defendants. They planned to kill and steal the victim because he was a businessman who kept large sums of money in his apartment.
The murder plan
The three men entered the apartment through the roof of the building through the air conditioning vent an hour before the victim entered. After finding the money, they waited for him and then stabbed him repeatedly in different parts of his body.
After finding out that he was dead, they washed the body and the apartment for traces of blood, put the body inside the refrigerator, and then left the victim’s apartment.
They went to their apartment, changed their clothes, threw them in the trash cans outside the building, then hid for a while in another emirate before heading to the airport in an attempt to leave the Arab Emirates. United.