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Attacker of mentally retarded boy, dad jailed for 5 years

By Eman Al Baik

An unemployed youth who assaulted a mentally retarded boy and his father with a big knife just because the boy annoyed his younger brother, was sentenced to five years in jail by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

The Prosecution had accused, AM, 24, Emirati, of attacking the father and causing  25 per cent permanent disability in his arm and also of wounding the mentally retarded boy and causing him 2 per cent permanent disability.

The attack took place in the presence of a police officer who was rushed to the scene on the request of the attacker’s family.

The 38-year-old victim AA, Indian salesman, who lives in Diwan Shabiyat, had gone to his neighbour’s house as their son was teasing his mentally retarded boy.

“As my neighbour’s son was teasing my boy, I went and knocked at their door. Their elder son AM got angry and attacked both me and my son with a knife,” he testified.

Sergeant Abdul Rahim Abdullah testified that police had received a complaint about someone entering another’s house illegally.

“When I arrived at the place, I saw the victim talking to residents of that house. After a little while, a Nissan Maxima stopped in front of the police car and six people got off, including the accused who was holding a big knife. The holder of the knife and the other men ran after the victim. I tried to run after them but could not. Then I saw the men assaulting the victim. The knife-wielder had caused a wound in his hand. I stood between the attackers and the victim to protect him. The attackers then left us and ran towards the victim’s house and assaulted his son with the same knife, injuring his arm. Then I called for support and ambulance," the police officer testified.

The victim had initially told police a slightly different story about why he had gone to the house of the accused.

"My mentally retarded son had entered the neighbour’s house. I went after him and pulled him out of the house and apologised to the neighbour for my son’s behaviour," the victim told the police officer in hospital.

Medical reported that the victim sustained a 25 per cent and his son two per cent permanent disabilities due to the attacks.

he Prosecution had asked the Court to award a stiff penalty for the accused.