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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 23/01/2014

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The court ordered the execution to be carried out in front of the victim's blood kins who refused to absolve the killer.

The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of Appeal upheld the death sentence of an Indonesian housemaid charged with killing her employer's four-month-old baby.

The court ordered the execution to be carried out in front of the victim's blood kins - the parents - who refused to absolve the killer and insisted on a retribution (or eye-for-eye punishment).

The convict threw her employer's baby girl, Malak, down from her crib in April last year. The baby's head hit against a wall, resulting in a fracture to the skull and brain hemorrhage. The housemaid is said to have committed the crime to spite her colleague, the baby's nanny.

Malak was pronounced dead at a city hospital on April 28, 2013.

The surveillance cameras installed in the baby's room caught the housemaid carrying the baby from the crib and placing her back four minutes later.

The maid had initially confessed to the charges levelled against her before the Public Prosecution, but retracted later claiming that she had dropped the baby unintentionally.

Before the Court of First Instance, the accused admitted to hitting the infant's head against the edge of a table to cause trouble for her nanny. The maid said when she hit Malak's head against the table, she saw the nanny's head. Before the Appeals Court, however, she pleaded innocence.

The defence lawyer requested that the statements given by his client during the previous investigations be disregarded, claiming she had given them under psychological trauma due to the incident.

During the trial, the victim's parents demanded a retribution for the accused. Accordingly, the appellate court upheld the ruling passed down by the Criminal Court of First Instance.

 






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