Detainee gets two years in prison for arson and assault

The Court of First Instance also ordered the 28-year-old Emirati to pay Dh25,530 in compensation for damaging public property.



By Marie Nammour/senior Reporter

Published: Tue 25 Nov 2014, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:50 PM

A detainee, who set his cell on fire at Al Rashidiya police station, putting the lives of 90 other detainees at risk, has been sentenced to two years in prison.

The Court of First Instance also ordered the 28-year-old Emirati to pay Dh25,530 in compensation for damaging public property.

The detainee was also convicted of verbally abusing an on-duty police officer, assaulting him, and threatening that he would look for his residence and once he found it, he would disfigure and kill him.

He had been detained in connection with some cases when he set a mattress on fire in his cell together with another unknown detainee.

He caused damage estimated at Dh25,530 by breaking the glass of the surveillance camera control room at the detention centre.

The police officer, who was assaulted by the detainee, said that he was on duty around 10pm on March 13.

The accused wanted to be allowed out to walk around the detention centre. “As I turned down his request, he spit on my face through the door’s hole and insulted me,” the officer told the prosecutor.

The officer walked away and shortly later heard the detainee on trial threatening that he would set the place on fire. “The accused was caught on camera burning a paper with a lighter and waving it as a threatening gesture.”

When the accused brought a mattress from another cell, another detainee tried to drag him away from it. The camera inside his cell was then covered by someone.

Flames were then seen coming out from the defendant’s cell. As the fire alarm went on and the civil defence and police officers were informed, the detainees were taken out. “The accused, who was then holding an iron rod, stood in front of the control room, which was locked, and threatened me that he would find where I resided and disfigure and kill me.” The accused then banged his hand on the glass door twice, smashing it.

The verdict can be appealed within 15 days.

mary@khaleejtimes.com


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