Sharjah parents pardon son's killer, accept blood money

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Dubai - The autopsy report showed that the victim died due to injuries from the attack.

By Amira Agarib

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Published: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 4:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 8:51 PM

An Asian worker escaped a certain capital punishment for murdering his Pakistani colleague, after the victim's parents pardoned him and agreed to accept blood money. The parents of the deceased pardoned the convict as they "knew he had committed the murder in self-defence and to protect his dignity". The deceased allegedly had a criminal record of rape and sexual harassment.
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The Sharjah Shariah Court sentenced the convict to three years in jail on Tuesday. The convict claimed that he committed the murder after the deceased attempted to have sex with him by force.
The prosecution accused the worker of stabbing his workmate to death at their accommodation. The autopsy report showed that the victim died due to injuries from the attack.
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According to court records, the Operations Room of the Sharjah Police received information about a dead body found by a group of workers in Sharjah Industrial area. The body was found under some boxes.
The police reached the site and found that there were stab wounds on the body and the throat was slit. During investigation, the police managed to identify the suspect, who initially denied any role in the crime. However, upon thorough interrogation, he confessed to the crime and led the police to a garbage container where he left the knife used for the crime.
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He told the police that both of them belonged to the same village in Pakistan and they worked together in a bakery. The victim had been sexually harassing him for some time and on the day of the incident, his workmate attempted to have sex with him by force.
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The sexual advance by the victim angered him and he stabbed the victim with a knife. After the crime, he hid the purse and mobile phone of the victim in a trash container near their accommodation and tried to cover the body using cartons. He told the police that he didn't intended to kill the victim but he was just trying to defend himself.
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During the court hearing, the family of the deceased submitted a letter at the court, stating that they were pardoning the accused. The letter said the accused attacked the victim to defend his dignity and they knew about the acts of the deceased, who was earlier convicted in his homeland for sexual assault on others.  

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