Ethiopian woman stabbed mum 117 times after being in job for one week
Ras Al Khaimah: The Cassation Court of Ras Al Khaimah has upheld the death sentence imposed on an Ethiopian housemaid for murdering her Moroccan employer and the woman’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, a judiciary official said yesterday.
The verdict was pronounced by Presiding Judge Yahya Jalal on Monday, the official said.
The victim’s lawyer Kamal Al Sayed said the verdict is final and the 23-year-old maid, S. Buhanu, would be executed by firing squad after the sentence is confirmed by the Ruler.
The official said the Court of First Instance reached its verdict after eight hearings.
The maid was shocked to hear the verdict. She was crying and, unable to speak, she collapsed, the official added. The verdict resulted upon the refusal of the victims’ relatives to accept blood money, the official said.
“Her former employer, Ebrahim Salim Al Mansouri, the Emirati man who lost his wife and daughter, said yesterday he has no interest in accepting a blood money settlement and wants to see justice served through the death penalty as soon as possible,” the official added.
The murders took place in Ras Al Khaimah in Aug-ust 2010.
The maid had been working for her employer for only one week when she alleged the Moroccan woman verbally abused her and threatened to fire her. Burhanu claims the murders were in self-defence, the official added.
The court resumed the trial after medical tests showed the was not suffering any mental problems when she stabbed her employer 117 times and set the mother and her baby on fire. She then stole her employer’s jewellery and fled to Sharjah, where she was arrested.
The Public Prosecutor had demanded the death penalty as a legitimate punishment after presenting to the court the maid’s confession that she murdered the woman and her daughter. The Public Prosecution had charged the maid on four counts, including murder, arson and theft.
The woman came to the UAE in 2009 and worked for two families before absconding to Ras Al Khaimah, where she was employed by the victim for just one week.
Defence lawyer Ramzi Al Ajouz plans to appeal the sentence.