Killed be­fore my eyes

Friend tells mur­der trial of fa­tal sword at­tack by gang

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

An eye­wit­ness has de­scribed the mo­ment a gang of five men bru­tally stabbed and slashed at his friend dur­ing a street fight in a Dubai sub­urb.

The Emi­rati tes­ti­fied that Ad­nan Ab­dul Ma­jeed, 25, was “slaugh­tered like a sheep” in Al Warqa on March 16, 2015.

Five Emi­ratis are on trial at Dubai Court of First In­stance ac­cused of mur­der.

They are also charged with throw­ing acid on Ma­jeed and in the faces of his two friends. They deny the charges.

Judge Fa­had Rashid Al Shamsi heard that there had been a feud be­tween the two groups and that Ma­jeed had as­saulted a man in a petrol sta­tion the year be­fore.

The eye­wit­ness, who re­ceived fa­cial burns, said that Ma­jeed came to his villa and that the first de­fen­dant, aged 22, who lived close-by, spotted him.

He said the man con­fronted him, Ma­jeed and an­other friend. He said Ma­jeed was asked to leave the area or be killed.

And when Ma­jeed in­sulted the ac­cused, the at­tacker went back to his house and re­turned with four friends car­ry­ing knives, small swords and bot­tles of acid.

He said: “They threw acid on me, Ma­jeed and a friend then sur­rounded Ma­jeed. They started stab­bing him and cutting his body - they butchered him like a sheep.

“I couldn’t help him, as I was suf­fer­ing pain from the acid. He tried to es­cape but they con­tin­ued the at­tack. They at­tacked him for nearly 15 min­utes.”

A neigh­bour heard Ma­jeed’s cries and called police. The eye­wit­ness said he dragged Ma­jeed to his car and drove him to hospital.

He added: “His face was cov­ered in blood and in the hospital he looked at me and said that he was go­ing to die, and then he passed out.”

A police of­fi­cer said the sus­pects were ar­rested. and ap­peared to be drunk or on drugs. The de­fen­dants have a his­tory of drug ad­dic­tion and crim­i­nal records, the court was told.

Dubai Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion has asked for the death sen­tence. Judge Al Shamsi ad­journed the case un­til next month.

– Tes­ti­mony of Ad­nan Ma­jeed’s friend They started stab­bing him and cutting his body... they butchered him like a sheep

‘BUTCHERED’: Ad­nan Ma­jeed was killed in Al Warqa in March

of last year, the court heard

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