"That woman was almost naked with apparent burn marks on her body."
An Indian man and his wife who reside in Dubai, have been arrested and charged with torturing and starving his mother to death.
The suspects, whose identities have not been revealed, physically assaulted the elderly woman, causing several rib fractures, internal bleeding and burns.
The torture was so severe that she died from her injuries.
It was heard that the 29-year-old man and his wife, aged 28, repeatedly tortured his mother.
The Court of First Instance heard that the couple even cut her right iris and part of her other eye.
It is believed that the torture lasted from July 2018 to October 2018 when she died. A death certificate stated that the woman died on October 31.
A doctor said that the woman weighed just 29kg at the time of her death.
A case was registered at Al Qusais police station. The couple was arrested but denied any wrongdoing.
The abuse came to light after the couple’s 54-year-old neighbour spoke about it. The witness recounted how the man’s wife visited her at her apartment.
The woman, who works at a hospital, explained: “She was then holding her daughter.
“She claimed that her mother-in-law had come from India but did not take proper care of their daughter and the girl would often fall sick while in her care.
“She wanted me to look after the girl until she came back from work.”
Three days later, the witness noticed an elderly woman lying down on the couple’s balcony.
The woman said: “That woman was almost naked with apparent burn marks on her body. I informed the security guard.”
The woman then knocked on the couple’s door where the man’s wife answered the door. She told her:
“I found his mother on the floor. She was in a critical condition and needed urgent medical treatment. I called the ambulance.”
The woman told the court that the elderly woman screamed in pain when paramedics tried to carry her due to the burns.
“The defendant remained in the flat and did not go with his mother. I told the paramedics he should go along. He went later after they talked him into it.”
One paramedic recalled how he found the elderly woman in a bad shape at her son’s flat.
He told the court: “She was in awful pain. Her hands and legs were swollen and her legs bore burn marks.
“Her son claimed she had poured hot water on herself when we asked him about the cause of the burn injuries.”
“He was standing far from her, apparently indifferent about her condition.”
The paramedic also stated that the Indian man did not assist his mother to the ambulance while the neighbours stepped in to help.
A doctor said: “She was tortured repeatedly over a short span of time. Burns covered 10% of her body.
“The bone and rib fractures, internal bleeding, beating with different tools, burns, negligence and starvation have all led to the deterioration of her health condition.”
The trial continues but it has been adjourned until July 3, 2019. India Today reported that the couple will remain in custody until then.