Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Briton accused of drug dealing in UAE 'suffers from mental illness'

A man accused of dealing drugs after being arrested after leaving a post office with a package containing the drug spice on August 8, suffers from psychosis and depression, the Criminal Court hears.

ABU DHABI // A man accused of dealing drugs suffers from psychosis and depression, the Criminal Court heard yesterday.

AW, a Briton in his early 20s, was arrested after leaving a post office with a package containing the drug spice on August 8.

Plastic bags of drugs and Dh105,000 was found when police searched his home.

The accused had been referred to a psychiatric committee to evaluate his mental and psychological state.

"The report showed three results," his lawyer said. "One, that the defendant suffered psychosis and depression; two, when he was tested by the committee he suffered psychosis and depression; three, during the incident he did not suffer psychosis and depression."

He said the committee was only asked to assess the defendant's mental and psychological state, so it did not make sense for them to state that he was not suffering from any mental illness when the drug incident occurred.

The lawyer presented reports stating that the Briton was receiving treatment for mental illness in the United States, Canada and in Abu Dhabi.

He added that he would prefer if an objective third party, who could be a member of the court's list of experts, attended the next hearing.

But the judge ordered the public prosecution to call the committee itself to a hearing.

He also agreed to a request to transfer the Briton from jail to a psychiatric ward.

The case was adjourned until December 17.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 A supporter of India’s ruling Congress Party wears a mask of leader Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Mumbai, India.  Kevin Frayer / Getty

Best photography from around the world, April 21

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Bloom Properties' Al Bateen Waterfront project in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy Bloom Properties

Bloom Properties starts work on Al Bateen Waterfront project

The development will feature 225 residential apartments of one to four bedrooms, a 200-room five-star hotel with 57 serviced apartments, and a 3,000 square metre retail space

 David Moyes has led Manchester United to seventh in the Premier League, six points behind sixth-placed Tottenham. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Manchester United require ‘radical surgery’ from top to bottom

'Moyes is not a bad manager ... However, he is doing a spectacularly bad job at United' writes Richard Jolly of Manchester United, arguing wholesale changes at the club are now necessary.

 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

In pictures: Where Abu Dhabi rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Abu Dhabi have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

 Jia Ruhan sang as a guest singer in famous pianist Robert Wells's concert 'rockabilly-medley' in November 2012. Handout

Meet the pop star who is key to China’s superpower ambitions

Before Beijing can achieve its ambitions to be a superpower it will need to become a respected soft power. That's where Jia Ruhan comes in.

 Screen shot from Vin Deisel's facebook page of he and Michelle Rodriguez in Abu Dhabi for the filming of Fast & Furious 7. April 2014

Fast & Furious in Abu Dhabi, a social media frenzy

Fast & Furious 7 wraps up an eventful and much-anticipated week of filming in the capital. Let's take a look at what went on via the key players' social media, while they were enjoying the delights of the desert.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National