UAE: Court acquits mentally unstable man of murdering a woman

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UAE: Court acquits mentally unstable man of murdering a woman in Al Ain

An Asian man in his thirties was cleared of murdering an Arab woman and attempting to murder another man by the Al Ain Court of First Instance.

The court ordered the suspect to pay Dh200,000 in blood money to the victim’s family, confiscated the murder weapon, and placed him in a treatment center.

According to the case papers, the suspect murdered the deceased with a knife on purpose. When he saw the victim, he immediately stabbed her in the chest, intending to take her life, and he caused her the injuries listed in the anatomical report, which were the causes of her death.

The suspect also attempted to murder a man by stabbing him several times with the same knife, intending to kill him, but the victim survived.

He then attempted suicide by stabbing himself with the knife, causing injuries. When he was apprehended, it was discovered that he had psychotropic substances.

During the sessions, the suspect confessed to having psychological problems and buying a knife to kill himself, then claimed that he killed the victim when he was out of his mind.

When questioned about the number of stabs he committed on the victim, he stated that he did not recall, adding that he had no prior disagreements with her. He denied that he had attempted to kill the other man and was in self-defense mode.

He admitted to attempting suicide while denying the allegations of jeopardizing people’s safety and consuming the psychotropic medication.

The court ordered that the suspect be admitted to the psychiatry department at Al Ain Governmental Hospital to clarify his mental state at the time of the crimes.

According to the psychiatric report of Al Ain Governmental Hospital, the medical committee decided that the suspect needed to be admitted to the hospital’s behavioral and psychological sciences department for treatment because he suffered from sadness, sleep disturbances, crying spells, suicidal thoughts, and auditory hallucinations, which resulted in disturbed behavior on the day of the incident.

The team also indicated that he had depression with psychotic symptoms, which put him under the influence of pathological delusions, which negatively affected his perspective, and that he was, therefore, not accountable for his behavior and actions at the time of the incident.

The suspect suffered from depression accompanied by psychotic symptoms, according to a psychiatric report provided by Khalifa Medical City in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and he was not accountable for his behavior and actions at the time of the occurrence.

According to the court, mental illness precludes criminal culpability at the time of the offense. Hence he was not legally accountable for them.

The court further stated that it was pleased with the psychiatric committee reports from Al Ain Hospital and Khalifa Medical City and thus acquitted the defendant and ordered his commitment to a treatment center. BKM/ Expat Media


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