ACCUSED TELLS COURT HOW HE KILLED OBAIDA
Accused denies kidnapping but admits to killing
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