Apr 10, Colombo: A United Arab Emirates court in Sharjah has jailed a Sri Lankan maid to six months in prison and fined Dh 5,000 (Rs. 237,000) for setting ablaze the car of her sponsor's wife parked in his house in Sharjah's Al Seeyoh area, reports Khaleej Times.
The convict will be deported after serving the jail term.
Sultan Mohamed, the Emirati sponsor who is the complainant, told the Sharjah Criminal Court that on the day of the incident, he had gone out to the market when he got information that his wife's car had caught fire. He added that he rushed to his house and found the locked car in flames.
He found the domestic help standing near the burning car. She told him that she was trying to put out the blaze, but he couldn't find any trace of water anywhere and immediately called the civil defense.
The maid pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against her.
Talking to Khaleej Times, Mohamed said that the maid had been with his family for many years and she was being treated nicely by him and being given salary on time. He said that the reason the domestic help torched the car was that she had a problem with another Sri Lankan maid, who worked for his cousin.
He said that he suspected the maid and reviewed the surveillance cameras. The man saw the domestic help opening his wife's car, sitting in it for a while, going inside the house, returning to the car while hiding something with a cloth.
He said that when he confronted the maid, she justified having burnt the car to prevent his wife from taking her to the house of his cousin because she had a problem with the maid who worked there.