Omani arrested for killing his mentally-ill brother
Father too arrested as he helped his son to destroy the evidence
In a crime that has shaken the Omani society to the core, a mentally-ill man was killed by his own brother on the first day of Eid al Fitr. The accused killed his brother by driving a car over him in Ma’abela.
Giving details about the shocking incident, 1st Lt Jummah bin Abdullah al Ka’bi from the Department of Inquiries and Criminal Investiga- tions at Muscat Police Headquarters said, “After the matter was reported to a local police station, I visited the accident site. It look like a usual hit-andrun accident with blood all around. All evidences pointed towards a speeding car running over a person.”
On further investigation, he said, “I found that there were no brake marks nor were there any car parts except for a small piece that I found at some distance from the victim’s body. It was a piece of the car’s headlight. That crucial piece of evidence helped us to determine that it was not a normal road accident.”
He said that the headlight’s piece helped us to know about the make and model of the vehicle. “Our investigation team found out about the owner of the vehicle. We were shocked to know that the killer was the brother of the deceased.”
1st Lt Ka’bi said that the accused had bought this car espe- cially to commit the crime. “He destroyed the car and dumped it in a wadi with the help of his father who knew about the plan from the very beginning. Both have been arrested. The brother has confessed to the crime. His father said that his mentally-ill son was a burden on the family and had no job. He was also a source of irritation at home.”
Both have been referred to the Public Prosecution to complete the legal procedures pending trial.