Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:02 pm (KSA) 09:02 am (GMT)

Kuwaiti soldier charged over maid's rape, murder

The soldier claims to have been under the influence of alcohol (File)
The soldier claims to have been under the influence of alcohol (File)

A Kuwaiti soldier has been charged with murdering and then raping a Filipina domestic helper whose naked body was found in the desert 10 days ago, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The soldier confessed to beating the victim to death and then raping her before dumping her corpse in the desert, claiming he was under the influence of alcohol, Al-Qabas daily quoted a security source as saying.

Al-Qabas said the soldier killed Mualana after she refused to sleep with him, and added that the married man with four children was an alcoholic.

The victim, named as Fatima Sagadan Maulana in earlier press reports, went missing on May 9 and her decomposing body was found a week later in the Kabad desert southwest of Kuwait City.

About 73,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait. Some 60,000 are women employed mainly as maids and earning less than 200 dollars a month on average, labor groups say.

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