Maid died in UAE after spell of 'torture'.
A woman is accused of torturing her maid to a point where the woman collapsed an died.
The 35-year-old Emirati appeared at Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday to face a charge of causing the maid's death, which she denies.
Prosecutors said the victim, who was from Comoros Island, was assaulted with an electric cable and a bar. She was pronounced dead on December 28, 2015 after the defendant called for an ambulance, saying the maid had collapsed.
A medical report showed that the maid's body had burns and human bite marks, as well as several other injuries, which had become infected. The court was told the injuries had not been treated.
A 19-year-old maid, also from the Comoros Islands, testified that she started work for the defendant in December and saw her assault the victim and treat her badly.
"I worked in the flat in Al Qusais and she used to punch her and kick her," the witness said.
"I was sent to work for the accused's sister in another house, where I was treated badly by the sister and returned back to the defendant five days later. "I saw the defendant continue to beat the deceased and pull her hair and push her."
The 19-year-old maid said she was sent back to work for the accused's sister but kept in touch with the victim by phone.
"She said the defendant kept assaulting her," the maid testified, "but later our boss knew that we were talking and I heard nothing until I learned about her death."
Another witness, a 31-year-old Egyptian building manager, testified that he received several complaints from tenants about noise coming from defendant's apartment, "The neighbours could hear the maid yelling for help," he said.
In court, the defendant requested bail, saying she had to look after her children as there was nobody else to care for them.
Her lawyer also said that his client didn't intend to kill the maid.
"We are trying to reach a settlement with the maid's family at the moment," he added.
The case has been adjourned until next month.
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