Death upheld for Capital child rapist
abu dhabi — The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of Appeals has upheld the death sentence given to a Pakistani man, who was convicted of raping and strangling an 11-year-old boy to death on a rooftop in Abu Dhabi.
The appeal court upheld the verdict of the Criminal Court of First Instance, which was initially announced in November 2017, sentencing the 33-year-old man to death after he was found guilty of murder, rape and a number of other charges.
“The defendant has been found guilty of all the charges against him and the court has upheld the ruling and sentences by the Criminal Court of First Instance,” the judge said.
abu dhabi — the abu dhabi appeal court on tuesday upheld a death verdict against a pakistani man, who was convicted of strangling a 11-year-old boy to death after raping him at the rooftop of their abu dhabi building.
the appeal court upheld the verdict of the criminal court of first instance, which sentenced the 33-year-old man to death after he was found guilty of murder, rape and a number of other charges. the court also ordered the killer to pay dh200,000 in blood money to the child’s family.
“the defendant has been found guilty of all the charges against him and the court has upheld the ruling and sentences by the criminal court of first instance,” said the abu dhabi appeal court judge while issuing the ruling.
the pakistani boy — identified as azan majid — was found missing on june 1, 2017, after he went to a nearby mosque to pray. his body was found the next day on the rooftop of the building on the muroor road where he was staying with his father and stepmother.
the court records stated that the boy was sexually abused and strangled to death with a rope by the pakistani national, who is also related to the child.
the police revealed that the man cross-dressed to carry out the attacks on the child, after luring the boy into going with him to the rooftop of the building.
the abu dhabi public prosecution had charged the man with premeditated murder, raping the child, cross-dressing and driving a car without a number plate.
during a recent appeal court hearing, the suspect pleaded not guilty. the lawyer representing him also told the court that he was innocent and that prosecutors had not presented sufficient evidence to prove the charges.
the appeal court judge, however, rejected the claims and maintained the first ruling based on the evidence presented by the prosecutors.
the boy’s parents, including his pakistani father and russian mother, refused to take blood money from the defendant when the appeal court consulted them, and insisted on the death penalty for the killer.
the accused can still challenge the execution sentence in the court of cassation.
The convict, a relative of the 11-year-old boy, cross-dressed to carry out the heinous crime. —