Murder accused seeks to be seen by a psychiatrist

A man, accused of murdering his roommate, maintained in court on Thursday that he had psychological problems and requested to be seen by a psychiatrist.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 18 Sep 2010, 9:23 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:42 PM

Presiding Judge Hamad Abdel Latif Abdel Jawad of the Court of First Instance turned down his request. He told the accused that there was no need of a psychiatrist as he was apparently sane.

The 33-year-old Egyptian driver had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. He denied having planned the murder in advance saying that he acted in self-defence. He is believed to have stabbed his compatriot 11 times while in his car following an argument over money on December 17 last year.

The Public Prosecution accused him of planning the murder by taking the victim for a ride in his car and then stopping near the Mall of the Emirates Metro station where he stabbed him 11 times with a knife.

The defendant was arrested and referred to the Public Prosecution.

The forensic doctor told the prosecutors that the victim received 11 stab wounds including seven deep cuts some of which were in the chest. In his report, he said that the victim had died due to severe internal bleeding and a rupture in the lung.

He also said that the victim had cuts in his fingers and hands which indicated he was trying to protect himself by holding the knife.


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