‘My boy needs help not jail’

Plea as son be­hind bars for killing dad

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi nawal@7days.ae

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

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