Po­lice­man shot his col­league in the head

Col­league ad­mits mur­der

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

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.

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