A Saudi court sentenced a local man to five years in prison and ordered him to pay diya (blood money) after he was convicted of murdering his teen age son.
The court in the western port of Yanbu reduced the death penalty against the man after he agreed to pay diya to the victim’s divorced mother and sisters.
His former wife and two daughters immediately protested the sentence and said they would appeal for capital punishment against the father for depriving the family from the sole son, according to Alsaudeh Arabic language daily.
The unidentified defendant had confessed to stabbing his son but denied he intentionally killed him.
“Neighbours said they saw the man stabbing his son and fleeing…the son then started to climb the stairs and shouting to his mother as he was bleeding heavily…he was also whispering prayers to God before reaching the flat’s door and falling dead.”