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Sex worker’s killer loses 2nd plea for early release

Accused to remain serving life in jail for smothering prostitute over her fees in 2002

Dubai: A convict has lost his second plea for an early release in a case of asphyxiating a prostitute after a fight over her fees and dumping her body near Al Wasl Football Club in 2002.

The convict, who has been serving life imprisonment since January 2002 at the Dubai Central Jail for premeditatedly killing the Uzbek woman in his car, lodged a special petition for an early release before the Dubai Court of First Instance earlier this month.

On Monday, presiding judge Urfan Omar dismissed the plea of the Indian petitioner for an earlier release.

In 2002, the accused who was 37 years old at that time, picked up the woman in his car, had sex with her then he killed her following a fight over her fees. He also hit on back of her with a hard object before dumping her body near the Al Wasl Football Club and stealing her mobile phone.

The Court of First Instance convicted the accused of having consensual sex with the woman, intentionally killing her and stealing mobile phone.

He was handed a life sentence that was later upheld by Courts of Appeal and Cassation.

After having served more than 15 years of jail term, the accused lodged his second petition within one year and sought an early release.

“This is my second petition beseeching for leniency and forgiveness and be allowed to return home,” the petitioner contended before the presiding judge Omar.

“The petitioner’s request for an early release has been rejected. He will remain in prison,” said presiding judge Omar in courtroom three.

The first petition for an early release had been rejected in May 2017.

According to the Criminal Procedures Law, the accused had to wait for one year [since the rejection of his first petition] to be able to lodge his second plea on grounds of good behaviour and repentance for his crime.

The convict based his petition on Article 1/45 of the Federal Law No. 43 of 1992, concerning regulating punitive and correctional establishments. The law stipulates that a convict, who has served 15 years of sentence out of 25 years of life term, is permitted to file a special petition and can be pardoned from serving his remaining jail term.

The petitioner obtained a good behaviour certificate, as per prosecution records, and a recommendation for his release issued by the management of Dubai Central Jail.

The defendant had sex with the victim thrice before he strangulated her and killed her.

Dubai Police’s forensic examiner said the accused suffocated the woman with his hands and hit on the back of her head with a hard object.

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