2 get death sentence for murdering lender

Two workers have been sentenced to death for the premeditated murder of a workmate from whom they had allegedly borrowed money.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Mon 22 Apr 2013, 9:10 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:47 AM

The Court of First Instance gave the two workers, both Bangladeshis, 27 and 21, the capital punishment after convicting them of murdering the victim by severely beating him with an iron bar.

It acquitted a third accused of criminal complicity. Court records show that the defendants shared the same accommodation with the victim. The latter had lent one of the accused Dh3,500 and on June 16, 2011, they had a brawl in a location away from residential buildings in Al Manama area when the victim claimed back his money.

The pair knocked him down and then smashed his skull with an iron bar. They then left his body in the sandy location after stealing his wallet and mobile phone.

The accused earlier admitted in court that they had had a fight with the victim but claimed they did not intend to kill him.

The victim’s brother said he got worried when the victim did not return to his accommodation on that day. One of the accused looked very tense as he denied having seeing him, the victim’s brother claimed in the investigation. The brother added that one of the defendants had owed the victim Dh3,500 and would not pay it back.

According to the forensic report, the victim died due to the severe head and neck injuries inflicted on him due to the beating. The verdict can be appealed within 15 days.


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