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21 February 2024

Lured into deal, stabbed with knife, screwdriver

By Eman Al Baik

An Iranian visitor allegedly attempted to kill his compatriot by stabbing him several times.

AMS, 35, is accused of premeditated murder attempt. He invited the victim into his office and stabbed him with a screwdriver and a knife.

The victim Ali Rida, 36, resisted his attacks and sought help. Some people came into the office and arrested the accused.

Chief Prosecutor Khalid Al Zarouni asked the court to give the stiffest possible penalty for the accused.

The victim testified that at around 12 noon on August 8, he received a call from AMS asking him to meet him in his office on Al Mina Street after an hour. When he entered the office at around 1pm, there was nobody in. He waited for the accused who arrived after about 15 minutes and was holding in his hand a plastic bag which he put on a chair next to his desk.

“AMS received a phone call and talked for about half an hour while I waited for him. Then he expressed his willingness to sign a deal with me. After half an hour,we both agreed on the deal. While I was typing the deal on the computer, AMS came close to me. I thought that he wanted to look at what I was writing on the computer. All of a sudden, I felt like fainting and bent my head on the table. I raised my head and saw AMS holding a bag which I thought contained a statue.  He had raised his hand to hit me. I held his hand and asked him why he wanted to kill me but he did not reply. He pulled a knife from the bag and tried to stab me in my heart but I held his held and pushed it away but he stabbed me again. He tried to stab me four more times until I could take the knife from him. I opened the door and called for help.

“Five people came and arrested the accused who was trying to run towards the lift. While fighting I asked him not to kill me and said I will do whatever he wants but he replied that he wanted to kill me,” he testified.

Sayed Janab, 35, Iranian, testified that while he was waiting for the lift in the building near his office on the fifth floor, he heard loud screams and cries for help from the fourth floor. “I rushed down and saw the victim was attempting to prevent the accused from fleeing. Other people who rushed to the scene and caught the accused.  I heard the accused confessing to the police that he stabbed the victim because of he owed him money,” testified Janab.

Forensic reported that the stab in the victim’s chest could have been fatal. Other stabs to muscles were light. The wound in the victim’s palm was defensive. The blood on the knife was of the victim’s only.

The accused denied intention to kill the victim and claimed that he only wanted to scare the victim in revenge.

The court adjourned the case to end of this month.