A Sri Lankan has been sentenced to death for killing a compatriot as he slept, Gulf Times reports.
Ravi Naga Lingam repeatedly smashed Parthiban Rama Chandran in the head with a ceramic instrument and a bottle, because of an old dispute.
He then locked the 22-year-old victim in his room and threw the key into a rubbish bin. The body was discovered three days later.
After the victim s family refused the accept the blood money, Primary Court Judge Mamon Hamour sentenced Lingam to death by hanging.
The case is automatically lodged for appeal.
Lingam carried out the savage attack on December 30, 2006 at the victim s company accommodation in Najma.
According to details submitted to the court, ceramic shards were found embedded in the victim s skull. A medical report said he died of multiple injuries.
At the court hearing, a policeman testified that he had found Chandran s body on the morning of January 2 following a tip-off.
The officer said the victim was almost naked and a forensic report estimated that he had been dead for 48-96 hours. The traces of blood were found in the room, corridors, kitchen and the toilet, the policeman said.
After his arrest, Lingam, 25, implicated a number of Chandran s roommates in the murder, but later retracted the claim and admitted that he had committed the murder.
Lingam told investigating officers that he had beaten Chandran due to the injustice he had been facing as the victim kept giving him orders that he had to obey .
According to the chargesheet, Lingam took the victim s blood-stained shirt to a laundry in the Bin Mahmoud area. The forensic report said the shirt had been washed to remove blood stains.
In his defence, Lingam said he had got into a fight with Chandran and the latter had been the first to hit out. However, the medical report revealed no evidence of injury on Lingam and the court dismissed the claim.