Teacher stabber gets 2-year jail

DUBAI — The Court of First Instance has sentenced 17-year-old UAE national student Ahmed H. I. to two years in jail for stabbing a Jordanian teacher on March 7 this year. It was apparently an act of reprisal as the teacher had ordered him out of the classroom for misbehaviour.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Thu 27 Jul 2006, 11:54 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:47 PM

Ahmed stabbed the 41-year-old Physics teacher Saeed Ratib at the Al Sharwi School in Al Manara area of Dubai. Repeated misbehaviour on the campus had led the school authorities to ask Ahmed to leave school and bring his father. An infuriated Ahmed returned bringing a knife from home and waited near a garage for his physics teacher. When the teacher came Ahmed approached him pretending that he wanted to tell something. Suddenly, he whipped out the knife and stabbed him several times leaving the teacher unconscious in a pool of blood.

The teacher was admitted to Rashid Hospital for emergency treatment and had to undergo two surgeries. His condition stabilised later.

The student confessed to the crime and was referred to the Dubai Public prosecution on the charge of attempted murder. During interrogation by the public prosecution, the student admitted his guilt saying that he stabbed the teacher to take revenge. Ahmed's father said that his son was frustrated and suffered from psychological problems.

The student's trial began on May 1. The defence lawyer Abdulla Al Madani argued in court that while the stabbing of a teacher was awful, the student had been very upset, as the teacher had abused him in front of his schoolmates.

The defence lawyer told Khaleej Times: “We have appealed and the first hearing will be on August 12. We are trying to negotiate with the victim's agents to make a reconciliation." He said that the imprisonment of the student will affect his future.

The Minister of Education, Dr Hanif Hassan had issued an order on March 8 that the student should not be admitted to any of the UAE schools.

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