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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Al Ain Criminal Court sentenced to death a man accused of the premeditated murder of three members of his family, possession of two firearms and ammunition without permission from the competent authorities, and possession and abuse of psychotropic substances.
The second defendant in the case was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for murder and illegal possession of firearms, and was compelled to pay the victims' diyah (financial compensation paid to the heirs of a victim).
Regarding the details of the case, the first accused deliberately and premeditatedly killed the victims after preparing two firearms for this purpose, which he loaded with ammunition. He then went to their house and as soon as he knew that they were inside, burst into the home and opened fire in their direction, hitting them in different parts of the body and causing them fatal injuries, in collusion with the second accused.
The investigations of the police and the Public Prosecution showed that the first accused was an ex-convict who has already had disputes with his family over inheritance, and had threatened them with death.
Before committing his crime, he contacted the second defendant and asked him to come to his house. When the second accused arrived, the first accused got into his car, taking the two firearms with him, then drove to the family home. Once there, the first accused got out of the car with his gun in hand and entered the hall shouting at the victims, and as soon as he saw them, opened fire.
The documents of the case indicate that after the crime was committed, the two accused left the house taking with them the two weapons and the remaining ammunition, while the first accused informed the police that a shooting had taken place and waited near the scene of the crime until police officers arrived. He then confessed to them that he had killed the victims. When brought before the Public Prosecution, the accused admitted to his crime and the charges against him in court and requested that due action be taken against him.
The documents and the irrefutable oral and technical evidence also showed that both the accused perpetrated the crime. The first accused did not contest the fact of having committed it, nor did the second accused deny his presence at the scene of the crime and the fact that he transported in his car the first accused and the weapons that were used to commit the murder.
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