Couple accused of torturing daughter, 8, to death with hot irons and stun guns in Dubai become parents again behind bars
PUBLISHED: 17:00, 30 September 2012 |
A man accused of killing his eight-year-old daughter with his lover after torturing her and her sister with hot irons and stun guns has just become a father again.
Alleged killers Hamad Saoud al Sherawi, 29, and his mistress Al Anood al Ameri, 27, have become parents while behind bars in Dubai as they wait to hear if they will get the death sentence for ending Wadeema’s life and leaving her sister Mira with a permanent disability.
At a trial hearing today, judge Maher Salameh was told Al Ameri was in hospital as she had just given birth to a baby boy named Saoud after his father. ‘That’s good,’ he said.
It is not known whether Al Sherawi has seen his newborn son or whether Al Ameri will be allowed to keep her son with her.
Under the law in the United Arab Emirates, female prisoners can keep their children with them up to the age of two in a special wing set aside for mothers and babies in Dubai Central Prison.
But as Al Ameri is accused of imprisoning and torturing the two sisters, killing Wadeema and burying her illegally, she may not be allowed to keep Saoud with her.
The Emirati couple allegedly beat the two girls with electrical wires and metal bars, tortured them with stun guns and burned them with boiling water, hot irons and cigarettes.
Dubai Criminal Court was previously told Wadeema, eight, and Mira, seven, had their hands tied and were locked into bathrooms and closets for hours without food or water.
Wadeema was said to have died from her injuries while Mira – who was left disabled as a result – was found with signs of being electrocuted, burns on her legs and with marks consistent with having cigarettes stubbed out on her feet.
‘They poured hot water on us and burned our bodies with a hot iron. They did so without reason. They locked us and left us without food for hours.’
The couple’s daughter Mira
She also had a fractured arm which suggested it had been twisted violently.
Al Sherawi has denied all but one of the charges, only admitting to burying Wadeema in the desert wrapped in a white cloth.
Her body was found in June but was so badly decomposed, forensic experts were unable to say how she died.
Al Ameri has confessed to the abuse and told the court at an earlier hearing: ‘Hamad did not do anything to the girls. I beat and tortured them with hot water, electric wire and an iron. I electrocuted them with the taser gun.’
Al Sherawi added: ‘I did not torture Wadeema to death. I took Mira to Rashid Hospital to treat her broken arm. I did not torture her or confine them, I used to take them out.’
His brother Mahmood Saad al Sherawi, 30, a Navy officer, previously said the father of the girls loved them so much, he had bought them an iPad. He blamed Al Ameri for the violence which led to Wadeema’s death.
But his testimony was contradicted by Al Sherawi’s 24-year-old ex-wife Salma Obaid, who has said she hopes they ‘burn in hell’ and told how she was prevented from seeing the girls after she handed them over in November 2011. She added she did not know they were being abused.
The couple in the dock claimed they were unfit to stand trial because they were mentally unstable but the suggestion was thrown out after the pair underwent psychiatric tests.
When they were arrested, Mira told police: ‘They poured hot water on us and burned our bodies with a hot iron.
‘They did so without reason. They locked us and left us without food for hours.
‘Wadeema was tortured more than me. She used to bleed a lot and fainted a number of times. One day when she fainted, he locked her in the bathroom.
‘I heard him telling Al Anood he would bury her. At midnight, they wrapped her in a white cloth and left.’
Several witnesses were expected to give evidence at today’s hearing but it was adjourned until October 27 to give Al Ameri time to recover and return to the dock.