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38-year-old Filipina found stabbed to death is identified

Bahrain News
Tue, 05 Sep 2017
By Raji Unnikrishnan


PARENTS of an expatriate woman, who was murdered in Bahrain, have still not been informed of her death, it has emerged.

The 38-year-old woman, whose body was found in a flat in Muharraq on Friday with a slit throat and an eye injury, has been identified only as Geena, a single-mother from Mindanao in Southern Philippines.

The GDN reported yesterday that a 20-year-old Bahraini has been arrested for premeditated murder and the murder weapon, a kitchen knife, has been confiscated by forensic experts.

Philippines Ambassador Alphonso Ver told the GDN yesterday that the embassy has been in touch with Geena’s family in Mindanao.

“We were informed by police on Friday of the death and the woman’s sister has reached out to us,” he said.

“Apparently (the sister) heard about the death from some members of the Filipino community in Bahrain.

“She said she would inform her parents soon and will get back to us regarding the repatriation of the body.”

Muharraq Governorate chief prosecutor Abdullah Al Dosari said on Sunday that the suspect gave a detailed account of the incident – where he said he got into a dispute with the victim during a visit to her flat.

He claimed that in a fit of rage, he took a knife and slit her throat.

However, he denied purposely gouging out the victim’s eye and said he stabbed her repeatedly to make sure she was dead.

He also told prosecutors that he hid the murder weapon under her bed.

Mr Al Dosari also said in the statement that the suspect had injuries on his right hand, which indicated that the victim attempted to fight him off.

Missing

Well-placed sources told the GDN that the woman was reported missing by friends on Thursday morning.

“The case was reported to the Busaiteen Police Station by a Filipino national on Thursday,” said the sources.

“The friend said she could not reach Geena on the phone and that she was not responding to her text messages since Thursday morning, which prompted her to report the case to the police.”

The suspect was reportedly in a relationship with the victim, revealed the sources.

“The woman has been in Bahrain for five years and was on a domestic worker visa, but was working as a caregiver to a family or two,” they added.

“The man who is accused of killing her is her boyfriend and she lived in a flat of her own, where he frequently visited her.”

The victim’s details were not available on the expatriate portal of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority. Her body is currently in the morgue at Salmaniya Medical Complex.

raji@gdn.com.bh

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