Dh100,000 blood money ordered

Proprietor of a quad bike rental shop has been convicted by the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of Appeals for the manslaughter of a woman and has been ordered to pay the victim’s heirs Dh100,000 in blood money (diya).



By Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 31 Mar 2013, 9:34 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:54 AM

The woman died instantly when she fell off the quad bike and smashed her head on a steel part of the vehicle while trying to climb sand dunes, a tragedy which could have been averted had she been supplied with the correct safety equipment.

The appeals court fined the shop owner with a sum of Dh500 for the accidental killing, and Dh500 more for allowing the victim to hire a quad bike without the necessary licence which authorised her to ride it. The court also upheld the earlier ruling by the Misdemeanors Court which ordered the convict to pay a Dh600 fine for failing to renew the shop’s trade licence.

Earlier, the Court of First Instance had cleared the owner of and two workers of the manslaughter charge.

According to court records, the victim was accompanying her husband and relatives who had gone for quad bike ride in the desert. They hired bikes from the accused, who was escorting them on the sand dunes along with his own family within the group.

The shop owner hired out the quads without providing them with the correct safety wear. The victim, who was riding the quad bike with two of her friends on the back, got into some difficulty while trying to drive up one of the sand dunes. All three riding on the vehicle fell off and the victim’s head hit against a steel part of the bike, which resulted in the instant death.

After the investigation, the Public Prosecution charged the proprietor of the bike rental shop and two workers with the manslaughter of the victim, along with another count of allowing the victim to drive without a licence issued by competent authorities. The prosecution arraigned the trio for not renewing the shop’s trade licence.

However, the Misdemeanors Court had exonerated the trio of the charges of manslaughter and letting the victim drive the quad bike without a driver’s licence. However, the court had found the prime accused (the shop owner) guilty of not renewing the trade licence and had ordered him to pay Dh600 as a fine.

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