“I went outside and I saw her covered with blood"
An Indian man has been jailed for life for the murder of his wife.
He stabbed his wife to death in broad daylight in the car park of her office in Dubai after suspecting that she was having an affair.
The Dubai Court of First Instance heard that 40-year-old Vidhya Chandran was killed by her husband, Ugesh CS, on September 9, 2019.
Originally from Kerala, Vidhya was supposed to fly home with her two children that night.
Vidhya’s family said that her husband had been harassing her for several years, however, Ugesh told police that he suspected that she was in an illicit relationship with another man.
According to official records, the victim’s manager said that he had tried calling her, but she did not answer. He then asked an employee to look for her and later found her body.
The 32-year-old manager, of Indian origin, said:
“I went outside and I saw her covered with blood and [lying] motionless. She was stabbed and I think she was dead when I saw her.”
The police were informed and they arrived at the scene.
Officers identified the victim and her husband. It was revealed that he had entered the UAE on a visit visa. Ugesh was arrested that day in Jebel Ali.
The Indian man told police that he had received a text message from his wife’s manager, telling him that his wife was having an affair.
On the day of the murder, Ugesh confronted his wife at her workplace.
An officer said: “The defendant claimed that he was talking to the manager about the message as he too was suspicious of her behaviour.
“When his wife came, she got angry with her husband because he had embarrassed her in front of the manager.”
The married couple then got into a heated argument which culminated with Ugesh stabbing Vidhya three times before fleeing the scene.
In court, Ugesh was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. After his release, he will be deported.
The verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days from July 20, 2020.
After sentencing, Vidhya’s elder brother Vinay Chandran stated that he appreciated the life sentence given to Ugesh, however, he and his family were expecting him to receive capital punishment.
A friend of Vidhya in the UAE revealed that the victim struggled to make ends meet and would sometimes live on biscuits in order to send money to Kerala.
She said: “Though she was constantly harassed by her husband, she silently suffered everything and just lived for her daughters.”