‘My boy needs help not jail’
Plea as son behind bars for killing dad
The family of a teenager who killed his father with a fire extinguisher intend to appeal his jail sentence, saying he suffers from mental health problems.
The Sudanese-American boy was yesterday sentenced to three years after being convicted of killing his father in November 2015.
He was given a limited term as his family said they did not want blood money or the death sentence and said they forgave him.
The court in Sharjah earlier heard the teen had been sent to Al Amal Hospital, a psychiatric centre, for seven months but was later put on trial.
No definitive mental health condition was stated in court.
He gave testimony that he had not intended to kill his father and that a ‘jinn’ or spirit ordered him to do so.
He hit his father over the head with a fire extinguisher until he died and was found crying beside the body at his father’s shop. Salem bin Sahoo, the teenager’s defence lawyer, presented a letter to Judge Hussain Al Asoufi from the accused’s brother, stating that the dead father’s brother and mother have pardoned him.
Bin Sahoo told 7DAYS: “The accused got three years in jail as his family has pardoned him from capital punishment and blood money. However, I and the accused’s mother were expecting a lesser jail term due to the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
His mother, who attended the hearings, told her lawyer in court: “My boy needs a medical treatment. He is not a criminal.”
Bin Sahoo added: “He spent seven months in Al Amal Hospital.
“Then, he was brought up back to jail as he showed signs of improvements. Currently, he is still on medication.”
The mother told 7DAYS at a previous hearing: “The whole family has pardoned my son. He is loved by all family members.”
‘The accused’s mother and I were expecting a lesser jail term due to the circumstances’ – Defence lawyer Salem Bin Sahoo