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Murder suspects appear in court for killing man over financial dispute.

THREE Bangladeshis appeared in court for the first time for allegedly murdering a fellow national over a financial dispute.

Samsul Moushed, 42, who worked as a contractor, was killed following an altercation with the three men at his home in Daih on May 14.

The defendants, aged 30, 31 and 33, appeared in the High Criminal Court yesterday and denied premeditated murder and theft.

However, the 31-year-old, who is Mr Moushed's cousin and allegedly masterminded the killing, told prosecutors he had killed the 42-year-old for owing him money.

"I worked for a contracting company and I gave my cousin (Mr Moushed) BD2,000 for him to help me get a visa," he said in his statement.

"But he never returned the money to me.

"My friend (the co-defendant, aged 30) was also asking my cousin for three months' salary which he never received.

"I then got the idea to kill my cousin and planned the murder with two of my friends (the co-defendants), including the friend Mr Moushed also owed money to.

"I made my friend (the co-defendant, 33) phone him (Mr Moushed) and ask him to meet us at a farm in Daih to discuss work.

"We hid a hammer, gloves and masks in the farm."

The 31-year-old also described how he attacked his cousin with the hammer with the co-defendants helping him.

"We put on masks and waited to ambush my cousin.

"When he arrived I struck him on the back with the hammer. He fell and as he tried to get up my friend (the co-defendant, 30) hit him over the head with a brick.

"I also hit him on the head with the hammer, and he fell to the ground again.

"We took BD1,600 which was in his pocket before fleeing. I sent BD70 to my family in Bangladesh through a money transfer company near the Interior Ministry in Manama."

The trial was adjourned until August 20 for the court to appoint lawyers for the defendants.

A farm owner, who alerted authorities, described how he heard the victim pleading for help as he lay in a pool of his own blood.

"On May 14 at 8.45pm I visited my farm in Daih," the 52-year-old Bahraini businessmen told prosecutors.

"As I stepped out of my car I heard a man crying for help. I saw an Asian man lying on the ground near a blue Mercedes vehicle.

"He was trying to get up and I asked him what had happened to him.

"He said three Bangladeshi men, including two who were masked, had assaulted him.

"He told me he was a contractor and they (his attackers) had phoned him and asked him to meet them there to check out a plot of land."

The farm owner gave the victim food and water and took him to a nearby lamp camp to see if somebody could identify him.

"He then told me his relative worked in a cold store.

"His relative arrived and took him to Salmaniya Medical Complex."

The GDN previously reported that another Bangladeshi victim, 35-year-old Solayman Miah, was also murdered by a fellow national in the same week.

Mr Miah was killed by being repeatedly struck in the head with a hammer at his home in Tubli on May 18.

However, the cases are not believed to be connected.

Prosecutors earlier said a Bangladeshi suspect arrested in connection with Mr Miah's death had already been charged with premeditated murder.

Bangladeshi Embassy labour consul Shaikh Tahidul Islam previously told the GDN that both the victims had valid work permits.

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THREE Bangladeshis appeared in court for the first time for allegedly murdering a fellow national over a financial dispute.

Samsul Moushed, 42, who worked as a contractor, was killed following an altercation with the three men at his home in Daih on May 14.

The defendants, aged 30, 31 and 33, appeared in the High Criminal Court yesterday and denied premeditated murder and theft.

However, the 31-year-old, who is Mr Moushed's cousin and allegedly masterminded the killing, told prosecutors he had killed the 42-year-old for owing him money.

"I worked for a contracting company and I gave my cousin (Mr Moushed) BD2,000 for him to help me get a visa," he said in his statement.

"But he never returned the money to me.

"My friend (the co-defendant, aged 30) was also asking my cousin for three months' salary which he never received.

"I then got the idea to kill my cousin and planned the murder with two of my friends (the co-defendants), including the friend Mr Moushed also owed money to.

"I made my friend (the co-defendant, 33) phone him (Mr Moushed) and ask him to meet us at a farm in Daih to discuss work.

"We hid a hammer, gloves and masks in the farm."

The 31-year-old also described how he attacked his cousin with the hammer with the co-defendants helping him.

"We put on masks and waited to ambush my cousin.

"When he arrived I struck him on the back with the hammer. He fell and as he tried to get up my friend (the co-defendant, 30) hit him over the head with a brick.

"I also hit him on the head with the hammer, and he fell to the ground again.

"We took BD1,600 which was in his pocket before fleeing. I sent BD70 to my family in Bangladesh through a money transfer company near the Interior Ministry in Manama."

The trial was adjourned until August 20 for the court to appoint lawyers for the defendants.

A farm owner, who alerted authorities, described how he heard the victim pleading for help as he lay in a pool of his own blood.

"On May 14 at 8.45pm I visited my farm in Daih," the 52-year-old Bahraini businessmen told prosecutors.

"As I stepped out of my car I heard a man crying for help. I saw an Asian man lying on the ground near a blue Mercedes vehicle.

"He was trying to get up and I asked him what had happened to him.

"He said three Bangladeshi men, including two who were masked, had assaulted him.

"He told me he was a contractor and they (his attackers) had phoned him and asked him to meet them there to check out a plot of land."

The farm owner gave the victim food and water and took him to a nearby lamp camp to see if somebody could identify him.

"He then told me his relative worked in a cold store.

"His relative arrived and took him to Salmaniya Medical Complex."

The GDN previously reported that another Bangladeshi victim, 35-year-old Solayman Miah, was also murdered by a fellow national in the same week.

Mr Miah was killed by being repeatedly struck in the head with a hammer at his home in Tubli on May 18.

However, the cases are not believed to be connected.

Prosecutors earlier said a Bangladeshi suspect arrested in connection with Mr Miah's death had already been charged with premeditated murder.

Bangladeshi Embassy labour consul Shaikh Tahidul Islam previously told the GDN that both the victims had valid work permits.

noorz@gdn.com.bh

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