‘No blood money – we want death’
Victim’s son insists on toughest penalty
A lorry driver who murdered a businessman in revenge for ordering the killing of his brother more than six years ago faces execution after the victim’s son insisted on the death penalty.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court yesterday handed down the death sentence to the 38-year-old Pakistani man after he was found guilty of premeditated murder of the businessman.
“The killer should be given the death sentence for what he did to my father,” the son told Chief Justice Idris bin Mansour.
“We shall not accept blood money from him.”
The court earlier heard that the man tracked down his victim, a 67-year-old Pakistani, and drove into him with his lorry, crushing the man as he stood against his car in the Bani Yas area.
The lorry driver also admitted to police that he reversed then repeatedly drove over the man before setting fire to him and his car. He then fled the scene. The incident occurred in September 2015.
Prosecutors said the man told them he murdered the Pakistani victim to avenge his brother, who he said was killed by the victim in Pakistan more than six years ago. But in court, the lorry driver retracted his previous statement, denying he murdered the businessman. He told the court at a previous hearing that the businessman and his car accidentally caught fire when the defendant lit a cigarette as the victim opened a bottle containing a flammable liquid to cool his car engine. And in a recent hearing, the victim’s son rejected blood money and insisted on the death penalty for the killer of his father. A death sentence can be appealed within 14 days after a ruling has been issued.