FOUR JAILED FOR DEATH ON BUS
Poor maintenance caused girl’s death
Four people have each been jailed for a year over the death of a young child who fell from the faulty door of a school bus.
The Emirati girl was killed when the hatch flung open in May 2015 as she and other children were driven to school.
Abu Dhabi Misdemeanour Court yesterday handed down the sentences to the four men - an Arab supervisor and three Asian technicians.
Their nationalities were not stated in court, nor was the location of the accident or the name of the school.
The girl was described as under 10 years old.
The men were found guilty of negligence that led to a fatality.
Public prosecution said they found it had been 10 years since the vehicle’s door system had been put through maintenance checks.
A prosecutor said: “The expert report said the door system was faulty at the time of the incident and that the audio or visual alarm would not signal to the driver when it accidentally opened by itself. Investigations revealed that the bus door system had gone for 10 years since it came into operation without maintenance.” Describing the incident, he added: “The girl accidentally fell through the bus’ rear emergency door after the driver made a turn on one of the roads.
“The child landed hard on the ground, which caused her death.”
The driver, who is Asian, was earlier convicted of causing the girl’s death.
But prosecutors reopened the case and prosecuted the four men after new evidence showed the malfunction could have been detected. The men denied negligence. The judge also ordered that the four men pay blood money to the girl’s family, which is usually set at Dhs200,000.
‘The bus door system had gone for 10 years without maintenance’ – Abu Dhabi prosecutor