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Pak man gets 7-yr in jail for stabbing to death Indian roommate in Dubai

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

A Pakistani national was sentenced to seven years in jail by a court for stabbing his Indian roommate to death in 2018 over an argument on leaving the lights on, a media report said.

The Court of First Instance on Sunday convicted the 37-year-old Pakistani man and ordered his deportation after the end of jail-term, reported.

The convict, who was staying with the victim and others in a room at a workers' accommodation in Jebel Ali on the southern outskirts of Dubai, was intoxicated and unruly at the time of the incident on October 1, 2018, an Indian told the

He recalled that the accused went to his room and turned the lights on. "The man disturbed his roommates as he was also talking on his mobile phone and they were sleeping," the 46-year-old said.

A verbal brawl ensued. The then left the room and the victim told the accused, who was on a visit visa, to pack up and leave the room as he was not on a resident visa, the paper said.

The defendant did leave the room but then the victim assaulted him as the latter threatened to beat the workers up when he would come back to the accommodation.

"This prompted the defendant to take a knife out of his baggage and stab the victim. The accused then fled the scene," the said.

According to a forensic expert, who examined the victim's body, the cause of death was a deep stab wound in the chest.

"The victim was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time he was stabbed," the expert said in his report.

The Pakistani defendant, who is in detention, admitted he had consumed alcohol prior to the incident. He claimed he did not intend to kill the victim.

The defendant can appeal the conviction ruling within 15 days.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 21:10 IST