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Domestic acquitted of rape bid, robbing old sponsor – ‘Driver must pay victim’s heirs KD 24,500’

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: The Criminal Court acquitted an Asian domestic worker who was accused of attempted rape and stealing money from his sponsor. The Public Prosecution charged the expatriate domestic worker of attempting to rape his sponsor who is a Kuwaiti woman in her 60s. According to the case file, he had forcefully entered her room, grabbed her and tore her clothes. He then beat her and then tried to force himself on her. Her resistance and calls for help rescued her from the rapist. Before escaping to the domestic labor bureau from where he was recruited, he stole KD 58 from her wallet. The defense counsel Lawyer Ali Al-Mousawi highlighted the lack of incriminating evidences against his client, stressing that there are no concrete evidences against his client except for contradicting statements from the victim and her husband. He also indicated that his client had denied all the accusations leveled against him.

‘Driver must pay’: The Court of First Instance rejected a request for the owner of a car that hit and killed an expatriate to pay KD 24,500 in compensation to heirs of a deceased man. The court thereby ruled that the person who was driving the car when the incident happened should pay the compensation directly. The case file indicated Lawyer Mubarak Al-Khashab in his client’s defense argued that Kuwaiti law does not hold a person accountable for a crime committed by a third party. Exonerating the defendant, the lawyer said the car belongs to his client but he was not directly involved in the case. For this reason, he emphasized that his client did not play any part in the accident since the car was in the hand of another person; thus, he should not be held accountable for the action of the person who controlled the steering.

Lawsuit rejected: The Commercial and Civil Circuit of the Court of First Instance rejected a lawsuit filed by a contracting company against a general trading company, through which the former requested provisional confiscation of assets, bank deposits and vehicles of the defendant company in its favor in order to guarantee its rights. It also demanded temporary compensation of KD 5,001. The plaintiff company said the defendant company violated the contract signed between them whereby the plaintiff company was subcontracted by the defendant company. Based on the contract, the plaintiff company constructed 310 residential units but the defendant company violated the terms of the contract. Representing the defendant company at court was Lawyer Ahmed Al-Failakawi who called for rejecting the lawsuit based on the experts’ report which highlighted lack of shortcomings in the project. He insisted that it was the plaintiff company that violated the contract.


By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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