AC­CUSED TELLS COURT HOW HE KILLED OBAIDA

Ac­cused de­nies kid­nap­ping but ad­mits to killing

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

A man has ad­mit­ted in to court to rap­ing and mur­der­ing a young boy who went miss­ing from out­side his home in Shar­jah.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, Nedal Issa Ab­dul­lah, 48, from Jor­dan, pleaded guilty to killing Obaida Al Aqrabawi, 7, last month.

He en­tered the court­room wear­ing a prison is­sue white uni­form, es­corted by three po­lice of­fi­cers.

Ab­dul­lah looked tired with his white beard as he looked around the court­room with the red eyes of some­one who hasn’t slept for some time.

He faced pre­sid­ing Judge Ali Ab­dul­wa­hab Ghu­naim.

Ab­du­lah ad­mit­ted stran­gling Jor­da­nian boy Obaida in the Al Mamzar area af­ter rap­ing him,

“Yes it hap­pened,” he told the judge.

He said that he had con­sumed five bot­tles of vodka and driven un­der the in­flu­ence.

“Did you rape him in the back seat of your car?” the judge asked.

“I don’t know, they say it hap­pened. I wasn’t aware of what was hap­pen­ing and I was so drunk I was in a sort of coma,” Ab­dul­lah said.

He de­nied kid­nap­ping Obaida and said that the boy used to go with him all the time.

Obaida went miss­ing on May 20 and his body was found on May 22.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that Ab­dul­lah kid­napped the boy af­ter telling him he would buy him a scooter if he went with him.

“He stran­gled him for five min­utes and the boy was re­sist­ing by kick­ing and push­ing the de­fen­dant un­til he died,” the judge said in court.

Dubai Public Pros­e­cu­tion asked for the death sen­tence to be is­sued to the de­fen­dant.

The case was ad­journed un­til next Mon­day to as­sign a lawyer to Ab­dul­lah.

Obaida’s fa­ther, Ibrahim Al Aqrabawi, 43, told 7DAYS that he can’t be­lieve that Ab­dul­lah de­nied the fourth charge of kid­nap, de­spite the fact he ac­com­pa­nied fam­ily mem­bers to look for Obaida dur­ing the search process.

Al Aqrabawi said: “I am leav­ing with my wife to Mecca to­mor­row. “Thank­fully, the trip will help us con­nect with God and pray for Obaida. It will help my fam­ily to cope with our tragic loss.”

The Gen­eral Direc­torate of Hu­man Rights at Dubai Po­lice co­or­di­nated with the Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Foun­da­tion for Char­ity and spon­sored Obaida’s par­ents to per­form Um­rah.

Al Aqrabawi said: “Some scars fade with time, but for my fam­ily, the wounds run too deep.”

‘Yes it hap­pened. I wasn’t aware what was hap­pen­ing and I was so drunk that I was in a sort of a coma.’ – Nedal Issa Ab­dul­lah

MUR­DERED: Obaida Al Aqrabawi was seven when he died; (in­set, left) the ac­cused, Nedal Issa Ab­dul­lah, claimed to have drunk five bot­tles of vodka that night

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