Men jailed by Dubai court after being found guilty of murdering their sponsor

Two men murdered their sponsor by slitting his throat before stealing more than Dh200,000 in cash, Dubai Criminal Court heard yesterday. Prosecutors said that Pakistani M?A, 22, who was jailed for 10 years, restrained F?Z last year, while his compatriot, M?F, 25, killed him. They then stole three packets of cash ? two containing dirhams and one US dollars ? and fled the scene.

M?F was given a life sentence.Prosecutors said the two men travelled to Sharjah to meet M?A?A, a 23-year-old Pakistani, who they asked to arrange for them to be smuggled out of the country. ?M?F said he had killed his sponsor and that he and M?A wanted to leave the country, so I arranged it with another man, M?M, who requested Dh5,000 from each of them to help them flee unnoticed,? M?A?A told prosecutors. At 4.20am on December 12, Afghan M?B, 35, returned to his apartment and found F?Z?s body.

He said that when he left the apartment earlier that evening, the victim was in the company of M?F, whom he had fallen out with in the past.Both men will be deported after completing their prison terms.