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09 December 2023

Cabbie gets suspended term for killing passenger

By Eman Al Baik

A Pakistani taxi driver was awarded one year suspended jail term for beating a passenger, which led to his death.
MN, 44, was found guilty by the Court of first instance for the death of the passenger and the jail term will be suspended for three years during which the crime should not be repeated by the convict, said Presiding Judge Fahmi Munir Fahmi.
According to the accusation sheet MN was accused of the fatal beating of HA.

MN pleaded not guilty and said that he did not have any intention of killing the victim.

Forensic doctors testified that the assault's intensity caused the victim to suffer a cardiac arrest before his death.
A policeman testified before the Prosecution that they received a notification around 2.15am about an assault on Al Khaleej Street. "When we arrived there I saw MN's clothes were covered with blood stains. HA sat on the pavement and he was vomiting and suffering from a stomach ache so I called an ambulance."
“When I asked the driver about the cause of the fight, he told me that when he insisted that HA specify his direction, the latter cursed him. So MN called the police, but, HA beat him until he bled. MN claimed that he pulled over and ordered HA to leave the taxi and wait for the police to come," testified the policeman.
A paramedic, who treated HA before he died, testified that the victim told him that someone beat him while he was in the taxi. “The victim’s condition seemed normal and didn't require to be admitted to hospital. Later police summoned me again to check on HA and I found him dead in the backseat of a police car."