Policeman shot his colleague in the head
Colleague admits murder
A Dubai police officer has admitted killing a colleague. The 26-year-old Yemeni confessed to a charge of murder at Dubai Court Of First Instance yesterday. He told the courtroom that he shot dead his colleague, Ali M, because he believed that the victim had drugged and raped him a few weeks before seeking his revenge in November last year - a claim that was unsubstantiated. A witness, another police officer, said he had seen the victim lying on the floor with gunshot wounds as the defendant stood over him “holding a gun and looking confused”. Prosecutors said the accused shot his colleague twice in the head and once in the thigh in the attack.
A police officer has described the terrifying moment that he walked in to see a colleague lying on the floor having been shot in the head.
He told Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday that he saw another colleague standing over the victim holding a gun and looking confused.
The 29- year- old Emirati policeman told the court how he had initially heard a shot go off and ran to the armoury at Al Refaa Station on November 8, last year.
“I saw a policeman holding a gun and looking confused and the victim on the ground and I thought that he was taking cover after the shot,” he said.
“I ran to the office of the police station director to inform him that I heard two more shots.”
A 26-year-old Yemeni policeman admitted the charge of premeditated murder in the courtroom, saying he shot dead his friend, referred to as Ali M, out of stress after he thought he had been drugged and raped by the victim a few weeks before.
In court, prosecutors said that the defendant, a patrol sergeant, was due to start his shift on November 8 last year when he went to the victim, the armoury keeper at Al Refaa police station, who had served in the force for 30 years, to collect his gun, bullets and handcuffs. The officer in charge at the time told the court that the defendant came to him moments after the shooting and handed over the gun before surrendering himself. “He told me that 15 days before the incident the victim and other friends came to his house and the victim drugged him and then raped him,” the officer said. A medical report said that the defendant was normal, aware and responsible for his actions.
The report also said that the accused may be suspicious of other’s motives and behaviour after he had been the victim of a sex attack in 2008.
The defence asked for time to prepare, the next hearing will be on June 2.