Couple sentenced to death for murdering Filipina helper

February 20, 2012

A Kuwaiti court on Sunday sentenced a Kuwaiti couple to death for the premeditated murder of their Asian domestic helper.

According to the court papers, the wife maltreated and punished the helper, thought to be a Filipina, daily with the knowledge of her husband.

However, when the couple feared that they would be reported to the police after a particularly severe beating, they took her unconscious in their car to an isolated area near a horse stable where they dumped her body. Then, they drove over her.

During the investigations, one of the couple’s sons said that his mother often beat the helper and that the last time he saw her she was in terrible condition. The helper complained of abdomen pains, he said.

The son said that his parents at around 2am drove the helper reportedly to hospital, Al Aan site news said.

According to the ruling, the pair will be hanged to death.

The court said that the couple would have to pay a 5,001 Kuwaiti Dinars fine for the victim’s family.

Initial reactions by the news site users supported the death penalty.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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