DUBAI // A teenager has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing another student who had insulted his mother.
AH, a Lebanese student, told prosecutors that on the evening of February 28, the Iraqi defendant YK, 19, pushed his chair towards the one on which AH was sitting in a gym. AH ignored the matter and headed towards the toilet, the Dubai Criminal Court heard yesterday.
The two gazed at each other and exchanged words before YK said he would break the victim’s head, and punched him repeatedly, the court heard.
AH threw the defendant to the floor, the court heard. YK left the area and, minutes later, sent a friend to AH, telling him that he wanted to settle the dispute outside.
They met in the presence of two witnesses outside of the gym, the court heard.
“‘Why did you insult my mother?’ YK asked me, and I told him he insulted my mother three times the day before,” the victim told the court.
“He made a very weird and loud scream, then stabbed me in the abdomen, then again towards the heart,” AH said, adding that he tried to run away but YK chased him and stabbed him again in the right arm.
The witnesses rushed to AH’s help and called for an ambulance. YK fled the scene, the court heard.
“I didn’t mean to kill him,” YK told the court, adding that AH, whose age was not in court records, had beat him up. “He said he would stick a knife up my behind so I took out my knife to scare him off.”
YK’s defence lawyer asserted that his client was a juvenile at the time of the fight, and should therefore be referred to juvenile court.
The court ordered the lawyer to provide a copy of YK’s passport to verify birth details. A defendant is legally considered an adult at age 18.
“He was born on May 18, 1993,” the lawyer said, which means YK would already have been 18 at the time of the altercation.
The lawyer requested to cross examine the testimony of witnesses. A date for the next hearing has not been set yet.