Obaida killer refuses to attend court
Defendant refuses to attend hearing
A man who admitted raping and murdering a young boy has refused to attend a court hearing.
Nedal Abdullah, 48, is on trial accused of killing Obaida Al Aqrabawi, seven, although he denies kidnapping him, saying the boy went with him willingly.
Yesterday, Dubai Court of First Instance was told the Jordanian refused to allow security to take him to the court in Bur Dubai.
A warden told 7DAYS that they went to his detention centre to bring him to court, but he refused and said he would rather stay in jail. “He refused to come so we left him behind,” the warden said.
Presiding Judge Erfan Omar ordered that Abdullah be brought by force if necessary when the trial continues on Monday, July 11.
“Next time use force to bring him to the courtroom. The case has been delayed so that he can be brought and we can hear from the witnesses,” the judge said.
By law, witnesses cannot give evidence in the case unless the defendant is present in court.
A lawyer appointed by the court to represent Abdullah refused to comment. Abdullah is currently being kept separately from other inmates at Dubai Central Jail in Al Awir.
Last Monday, he admitted strangling Obaida in the Al Mamzar area after raping him. He dumped the boy’s body under a tree in the Dubai suburb of Al Warqa.
He said that he had consumed five bottles of vodka and driven under the influence.
He confessed to murder and drinking alcohol but denied kidnapping Obaida, saying the boy often went for drives with him.
Obaida went missing on May 20 and his body was found on May 22.
Dubai Public Prosecution asked for the death sentence in the case.