A Filipino man who was charged with premeditated murder for killing his aunt two years ago has been pardoned by the victim’s family in Abu Dhabi, following the payment of “blood money”.

In 2016, the Filipino man killed his aunt in the Mussafah area of Abu Dhabi after a dispute over a debt of 10,000 dirhams (US$2,722) that he owed her. After killing her, the Filipino buried her body parts in the desert, Khaleej Times reported.

The incident came to light on May 27, 2016 when a Dubai Municipality cleaner informed police that he had found a headless body in a highly decomposed state.

At the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance, the court heard that the aunt was demanding that the man repay his debt to her. The man then allegedly stabbed her multiple times until she died.

The man then covered the woman’s body and drove back to Dubai with the body. He cut off her head and hands and burnt them, and took them to Ajman to bury them in a sandy area.

On Thursday, the Filipino pleaded not guilty to the charge of premeditated murder. However, the court was told that the victim’s family had agreed to pardon him in return for blood money.