10 years in jail for duo after friend dies of drug overdose

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10 years in jail for duo after friend dies of drug overdose

Abu Dhabi - The trio consumed alcohol, heroin and hashish throughout the evening

By Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Sun 12 Mar 2017, 1:50 PM

Last updated: Sun 12 Mar 2017, 7:50 PM

Two men who were convicted of causing death of their friend after taking drugs at a house party for celebrating a new car have had their ten-year-jail sentences confirmed.
Abu Dhabi Cassation Court upheld earlier rulings by lower courts that handed down the jail sentences to the Emirati men after they were found guilty of causing death of their friend as a result of drug overdose.
Official court documents stated that the first defendant and owner of the house had invited the victim and the second defendant at a small party at his home in the capital to celebrate the new luxurious car he had bought.
While at the party, the trio consumed alcohol, heroin and hashish throughout the evening.
And late in the night, their victim fell unconscious after consuming a lot of heroin.
"The men took their friend to hospital in the car of the second victim in an attempt to save his life but had reached there when he was already dead," a prosecutor said at a previous hearing.
A medical report said the man died of drug overdose.
Police went and searched the house of the first defendant and his car after being tipped off of the victim's death an found there several drugs and bottles of alcohol.
Both men were arrested and charged with providing drugs to the victim that caused his death.
The pair was also charged with consuming drugs and illegal drinking and possession of alcohol.
Both Emiratis had denied the charges throughout their trial.
The second defendant claimed he suffered from mental illness but a medical committee that was assigned by court to examine him said the man was sane and responsible for his actions.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance gave the pair 14 years in jail each for causing the man's death and consuming drugs. Court also fined each Dhs50,000.
The men challenged the sentences and the Appeal Court reduced their jail terms to ten years and cut the fines to Dh20,000.
The Emiratis then went to Abu Dhabi's top court which has maintained the appeal court sentences.

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