Khaleej Times

Duo denies premeditat­ed murder of grocery owner

- Amira Agarib amira@khaleejtim­

sharjah — The Sharjah Shariah Court presided by judge Hussain Al Ousofi, heard the case of the two Pakistani nationals, H.S. and H.B., who were charged with the premeditat­ed murder of the owner of a supermarke­t in Sharjah.

During the hearing, the first witness said that he worked in a shop next to the supermarke­t. On the day of the incident, he heard a scream and went out to check. He saw the victim bleeding heavily and collapsing on site and alerted his manager, who in turn called the police.

The second witness told the judge that he did not know the accused, but recognised one of them in the CCTV camera footage of his shop. He informed the police that he had cameras that covered the area. After the police reviewed the footage, it was found that the first accused was carrying a paper and hiding something inside. He removed the mask from his face before he entered the supermarke­t.

The two accused confessed to the crime during the police and public prosecutio­n interrogat­ion. However, during the court hearing, they denied the charges and said that they did not plan the murder. But they admitted to stabbing the shop owner to death and stealing the money.

The court adjourned the case until clarificat­ion is received on whether the victim’s family will accept blood money.

Details of the case

On the crime date, the accused reached the shop at 7am, wearing masks. When they tried to steal money from the cashbox, the shop owner resisted them and they stabbed him to death.

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