In the previous hearing, the Dubai Criminal Court ordered the submission of the psychiatric reports on the condition of the father who allegedly tortured and killed his eight-year-old daughter Wadeema and buried her body with the help of his mistress.
The father HSJ, 29, and his mistress AMA, 27, both Emiratis, claimed mental instability.
Rashid Hospital assessed the condition of the father while his mistress was checked by Latifa Hospital. The hospital reports stated that the two are mentally fit to stand trial.
The two are accused of imprisoning and torturing the man’s two daughters and causing the death of the elder one and burying her body in the desert and causing 10 per cent permanent disability to the younger seven-year-old Mira.
The court, presided by judge Maher Salama Al Mahdi, heard on Wedesday the testimony of the girl’s uncle and mother SO, 24, and a forensic expert.
The 30-year-old uncle MS, a Navy officer, testified that the mistress was the one who tortured the girls, denying that his brother could have done that to his daughters.
“He was doing the impossible to provide for them and to please them. He bought them an iPad. She was the one who tortured them but I do not know why my brother kept silent about her ill-treating the girls,” the girl’ uncle testified.
Judge Al Mahdi took note of the word ‘impossible’ and asked the witness: “Did that ‘impossible’ include not noticing the torture, abuse and leaving them imprisoned for hours without food?”
He replied that the surviving daughter Mira told him that her father’s mistress was the one who used to beat them and burn and imprison them in the bathroom. “Mira told me that she loves her father and asked me why the police have taken him,” he said.
SO, the girls’ mother, told that court that the father had won a custody case in November 2011. “We married in 2002 and got divorced in 2006. Me and his mistress were friends and he knew her through me,” she testified.
The judge told the mother: “You gave them away and thanked God they are gone and you did not bother to enquire about them.”
“No, your honor, I tried to enquire about them. He did not allow me to see them. I even called his mistress to help me convince their father to let me see them but he never agreed,” she replied.
Forensic doctor said that Mira survived her severe injuries. She was lucky not to die. He could not give a specific cause for the death of Wadeema as her body, retrieved after about six months of her death, was decomposed.
The court adjourned the case until September 30 to hear three other witnesses including the little girl Mira.
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