Death sentence for murderers

(LUIS CHUMPITAZ)

Death sentences have been handed to two defendants by the Dubai Criminal Court in a case it described as "premeditated murder".

The two convicts are SS, 31, and TN, 23, both Asians, while their victim was identified as Younis Akbar Younis.

The court heard that the two criminals had shadowed the victim and monitored his movements and working hours.

They placed two knives inside his car when it was parked at the airport while the victim was on duty. SS had a copy of the car keys.

They hid near the car and when the victim entered it, they rushed in and surprised him. While TN sat in the front passenger seat, SS sat behind the victim in the rear, directly at the back of the driver's seat.

TN pinned the victim's arms and SS yanked his head back by the hair and used a knife to slit his throat, the court was told. They caused an 18-centimetre wound on his neck, which led to his death. Then they took his wallet and mobile phone.

The case documents further reveal that the convicts were in a difficult financial situation and owed Younis some money.

The victim kept chasing them to pay the debt and a heated argument once erupted between the two parties.

SS decided to get rid of Younis, revealed to TN a plan to kill him and asked for his help. The two agreed to do the deed together.

The court ruled that TN contributed equally in the murder, which included his presence with SS at the crime scene and his helping to immobilise the victim, enabling SS to deliver the killer blow.


OTHER CASES

- The Dubai Criminal Court yesterday acquitted two Syrian nationals BR, 32, and MH, 31, who were employed at Damas Jewellery, of stealing a 4.8-carat diamond ring worth Dh1.360 million.

The decision was based on the fact that the missing ring was among displayed items handled by both salesmen and customers at the store, making their charges difficult to prove.

- A 25-year-old Asian man accused of stealing a camera and mobile phone from a passenger of Emirates airline admitted his charges at the Dubai Criminal Court yesterday.

The case was adjourned until February 11.

- A 43-year-old Asian maintenance worker, SA, yesterday admitted to stealing Dh1300 from the handbag of the victim Nada Abdulrahim while he was repairing a water heater in the victim's apartment. The court adjourned the case to February 11.

- Two Asian nationals – NM, 31, and MM, 38 – accused of residing in the UAE with forged passports, told the Dubai Criminal Court yesterday that they had obtained the passports in their home countries.

The court adjourned to February 15 and ordered the public prosecution to produce the forged passports in court. 

- A case of theft of three mobile phones and clothes by Asian maid, MR, 25, from her employer, Mohammed Ali Al Faresi, was adjourned to February 15 yesterday.

MR is also charged with working for a non-sponsor.

 

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