Police in Dubai arrested the suspect in the killing of a Filipina expatriate last Feb. 18, a newspaper report said on Saturday.
The suspect, a Pakistani identified only as Khorshed, was arrested by police at the roof floor of the apartment building in Dubai's International City where Maria Lenlie Oliverio was found dead, a report in the Khaleej Times said.
Oliverio was stabbed 23 times, police said. The suspect, who works as the apartment building's janitor, allegedly confessed to the crime.
The suspect claimed that he got angry after the victim allegedly sprayed him with water as he was cleaning the apartment's corridor and called him an idiot.
The suspect then took a knife and screwdriver from a nearby restaurant and returned to Oliverio's flat at the England cluster of International City.
The suspect knocked on the apartment's door and told the victim that he would check the flat's fire alarm system.
"Once inside, he started stabbing her with the knife. The knife broke as she resisted him and then he took the screw and continued stabbing her until she fell to the ground. He then went to the kitchen and took another knife with which he repeatedly stabbed her.
"He then took all the money he could find in the flat and used a jacket he found to hide his blood-stained clothes. He then went back to his room and disposed of the jacket in a garbage, and attempted to hide his shoes by throwing them on the roof of the building. The screw he used was later recovered," the Khaleej Times report said.
Philippine consulate officials confirmed Oliverio's death, according to a Gulf News report.
Lenlie’s father, Eddie, 45, a fisherman from Bacolod City, said he learned about her daughter's tragic death after neighbors stumbled upon a Facebook post about her killing.
“We travelled four hours by land to Bacolod to seek help from DFA. We didn’t know what to do any more. We didn’t know where else to go. They confirmed to us that they will help us,” Eddie told Gulf News reporter Janice Ponce de Leon.
“All that we want now is the immediate repatriation of the remains of our daughter,” he said, adding that Lenlie’s two children, aged 10 and 5, are still distraught after hearing the news.
Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes explained that as per DFA's protocol, the consulate are barred from directly relaying information to the next-of-kin of crime victims by telephone unless in emergency situations.
He said the consulate constantly updated the DFA in Manila and Bacolod. DFA representatives then met with the Oliverio family to convey the sad news.
“We are in constant touch with Dubai Police, monitoring the situation and awaiting their official report on whatever happened to Ms Oliverio,” Cortes told Gulf News.
“The body is with the CID [Criminal Investigation Department] mortuary. As far as repatriation of remains is concerned, the [Philippine] government always helps. But we have to wait till the body is released and the results of the autopsy are out,” he added. — APG, GMA News