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Sisters who survived family suicide in recovery

Women under medical watch following suicide of three of their family members in Sharjah hotel apartment

18:24 September 6, 2017
The seventh floor hotel apartment in Sharjah where the incident took place on August 29

Sharjah: The two sisters who survived a group family suicide attempt on August 29 are recovering and their condition is improving, an official at Obaidallah hospital in Ras Al Khaimah told Gulf News on Wednesday.

The official said the two sisters had been transferred to the psychological unit in the hospital to assess their mental and psychological condition.

The women are reportedly the nieces of a woman who along with her husband and son committed suicide in an incident police say was motivated by financial burdens.

The two sisters, identified as D.I., 17, and P.I., 27, are being kept under medical observation.

The girls told the medical staff that the family had lived in UAE for a long time and had moved to a hotel apartment in Sharjah as their residency visa had expired and they could not rent a house without legal residency.

The father had several financial cases against him for outstanding bank loan obligations.

The family is of Sri Lankan nationality.

At one point, the father had decided to surrender himself to police, but his wife threatened to kill herself if he did so.

The entire then family decided to end their lives with the father penning a suicide note giving reasons for why he and his family had decided to end their lives.

The two sisters will be handed over to Sharjah Police once their condition improves.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

The bodies of the 55-year-old man have been identified as J.K. and his 54-year-old wife, B.S., and their 19-year-old son, J.N., were sent to Al Kuwaiti Hospital, and thence to the forensic laboratory for autopsy.

The two women who survived received treatment at Al Kuwaiti Hospital and were transferred to Obaidallah Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah for psychological assessment.

The incident came to light on August 29 at 2.30am when the man jumped to his death from the 7th floor of the building and a witness in a neighbouring building immediately reported the incident to the police operations room.

Police and forensic experts rushed to the scene of the incident.

Upon checking the identity of the man, police found that he had been residing in the same building from which he jumped to his death.

The police immediately visited his seventh floor apartment and found it doubled locked from the inside upon which they obtained permission from public prosecution and broke the apartment’s front door and entered the house.

Inside, they found an older woman and two young women in a pool of blood with their wrists slashed while the son’s body lay on the ground covered with a white sheet.