Killed before my eyes
Friend tells murder trial of fatal sword attack by gang
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