Girl’s killer father, accomplice claim mental illness

Duo told court they are suffering from psychological problems

An Emirati man who tortured his eight-year-old daughter to death with the help of his girl friend tried to justify the crime by claiming in court in Dubai on Wednesday he is suffering from mental illness. Just after he and his mistress made that statement, his former wife screamed in court :”They are liars.”

Hamad Al Shirawi, 27, and his partner, also Emirati, told court they are suffering from psychological problems and that they have received treatment. The judge then ordered that both of them are examined by a psychiatrist and adjourned hearings to July 25, when a medical report about their condition will be ready.

“They are liars…the allegations about their mental problems are mere lies,” Shirawi’s ex-wife yelled in a packed court, according to Al Ittihad daily.

Shirawi told the judge that he had received treatment at a psychiatry clinic over the past two years and that he has a medical report in his file at the counter-narcotics department in the emirate.

His girl friend also claimed she is suffering from mental illness and that she sometimes can not control her behaviour.

At a previous session, the prosecutor demanded the execution of the defendant for murdering his daughter Wadeema and burying her in the desert.

Her younger sister, Mira, 6, was also tortured but escaped after her uncle visited his brother’s house and found her in a bad shape.

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