A Lebanese expat, who caused the death of his girlfriend with a punch on her face in a flat in Dubai Marina, has been arrested. The suspect was arrested within 18 hours after the murder was reported to the police.
According to the police, the suspect said during interrogation that he was drunk at the time of the incident and he did not intend to kill her. He said he assaulted the victim in a fit of rage, without “realising it would lead to her death”.
Lieutenant-Colonel Faisal Issa Al Qasim, director of security media, said the incident took place on Wednesday. The suspect, who resided in another emirate, had come to Dubai to spend the weekend at his girlfriend’s apartment. “While there, an argument broke out between them. The defendant punched her, which broke her nose and caused internal bleeding, leading to her death.”
After realising she had died, the suspect cleaned up the crime scene and returned to his apartment.
When the victim failed to turn up for work the next day, one of her colleagues went to her apartment to check up on her. “I was surprised to see that the door was open and things were scattered around. I saw my friend in a pool of blood and immediately called the police,” the colleague said in her statement to the police.
Lt-Col Al Qasim said the suspect voluntarily confessed to the crime “within minutes” after the police confronted him.
The couple had been having some problems of late, the police said.
Days before the assault, the victim had posted on Facebook: “Do not be surprised if someone breaks your trust. You lose confidence in yourself and others when you discover that the traitor is the closest person to you.”