Bora Bora wrote:
uaekid wrote:one unfair law in the USA for example is that with out the dead body you can not convict a criminal even if he admits it, showed pictures of him self killing or video taped it. it is an unfair law but it is there and has to be used in court. we don't like it and it is obvious "the killing" but it's there. you know what I mean ? I really don't care much for essa more than I care for a realistic point of view.
Here is a reminder of a case in Dubai. This man admits to having killed the woman. He disposed of her body but it has yet to be found. He has also told the police of 4 different locations. So, here he admits to having killed her, but yet he is being put on trial. In light of the fact that they cannot find the body, his sentence would be reduced, but based on his own admission, and evidence, he will be convicted. And if there was a video or photos of his criminal act, I can assure you the sentence would be heavier, but not as heavy as if a body was produced. Your understanding of the law is off base. But wait --- is it possible it's because the accused and the deceased are expats?? Different laws being applied here?? What civilized country would actually let someone off who admits to killing someone, there is evidence, there may be photos, there may be eyewitnesses, but because there is no body, there is no case??http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-09-21- ... of-madness
Mark Arnold, the man being held by Dubai police in connection with the disappearance of South African Kerry Winter (35) allegedly confessed that she died after he beat her during "30 seconds of madness", the United Kingdom-based Mail Online reported on Sunday.
Arnold (42) a British national, admitted that Winter died after he had hit her three times on the head with a stick during an intense fracas on August 20. The confession was made during a telephonic interview with the British newspaper from his police cell in Dubai.
'It was 30 seconds of madness .. . I think I hit her three times ... she died because of me," Arnold told the paper.
The executive with an interior design firm said he then hid the body on his boat and went to work as normal before returning the following evening to dump it at sea. Arnold previously denied killing Winter, who had lived with him for five years. He insisted that she was alive when he left her at the side of the road after they had argued.
"It was a total accident," he said.
"I am not a violent man and I am not a murderer. It was an accident but she died because of me and I am willing to take my punishment. I am prepared to admit to the truth but I do not want to be fitted up."
Winter's brother Clint, who recently arrived in Dubai to "tie up loose ends" told the South African Press Association police had informed the family of Arnold's confession.
But the family say they will not rest until Winter's body is found.
"He has already said he disposed of the body in four different places, so we don't know," he said.
According to Clint, Arnold has not yet been charged in the matter relating to his sister but he did face a charge for assaulting a neighbour at Winter's home in Al Barsha on the night of her disappearance.
Arnold told the Mail he bumped into Winter at a bar when an argument ensued over their relationship which ended in May on August 20. He followed her when she left the bar and drove back to her villa.
"She came up to me and hit me and we got into a scuffle. I hit her with a stick which I had picked up in the villa grounds -- I think I hit her three times. Kerry slipped but she got up. It was 30 seconds of madness for the both of us. I assaulted her.
"There is no excuse. I have never assaulted anyone before. I am a family man and this was 30 seconds which ruined my life," he said.
He alleged that Winter was bleeding from the head wounds he had inflicted but she agreed to go with him to a quiet spot where they could talk. He said he cleaned her wounds and they then fell asleep.
"When I woke up, she was dead. I was horrified, so scared. I can only think that she had a thin skull or something like that because she was OK when we got in the car. I was scared. I tried to cover my tracks and put Kerry on my boat and left it anchored off shore," he said.
"I returned after work and drove around for four or five hours and ended up putting Kerry's body into the sea. I do not know where."
Arnold may be charged with manslaughter, which carries a maximum ten-year sentence but if a body was found and forensics indicated a savage beating, he was likely to face a murder charge. This carries the death sentence although this is rarely carried out, the report said. - Sapa