Obaida killer re­fuses to at­tend court

De­fen­dant re­fuses to at­tend hear­ing

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

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.

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