Filipino woman’s acid attacker in Dubai sentenced to 7 years in jail
A woman from Kenya has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the United Arab Emirates for pouring acid on a Filipino woman.
The verdict was given on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with the accused facing deportation after imprisonment, Gulf Today reported yesterday, Jan. 23.
In March 2018, a 48-year-old Filipino receptionist went blind and suffered injuries after acid was poured on her by the 30-year-old Kenyan sales executive, Gulf News reported last Dec. 30.
The Filipino woman was sitting on a male friend’s bed when the incident happened. The friend, a 36-year-old Kenyan cook, is said to be the attacker’s boyfriend, according to a Gulf Today report.
During the investigation, the Kenyan woman denied causing the victim to be disabled, but admitted to attacking her with acid. She confessed, too, that she intended to hurt the victim.
The victim said in official records that she was visiting the Kenyan man in Dubai’s Al Satwa area last March. She said she went inside his room to get her shoes because she had forgotten them the day before.
She was about to use the bathroom but the man told her it was occupied, so she sat on his bed to wait. The man said he was using his laptop while lying down on the bed.
The sales executive came into the room and poured acid from a two-liter bottle over her head. The acid went over the victim’s face, arms and legs.
Some of the acid splashed onto the man’s right arm, chest and stomach, also causing him injuries and severe pain.
After the attack, the victim and her friend tried to wash off the acid in the bathroom, but the Filipino woman could not withstand the water because of her burns. They then took a taxi to Rashid Hospital.
When he was back in the flat, the man alerted police that the accused was there and officers arrested her in the evening.
Aside from being blinded, the victim’s face has been left disfigured and she had to undergo painful surgeries. Niña V. Guno /ra
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