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Cocaine user tells Abu Dhabi court he is mentally ill

The user admitted taking cocaine, despite having denied it in a previous hearing, when he claimed not to have known what it was and that he had taken it by mistake.

ABU DHABI // A cocaine user told a court yesterday that he was mentally ill.

HM, an Emirati, also possessed diazepam and methamphetamine pills. He admitted taking cocaine, despite having denied it in a previous hearing, when he claimed not to have known what it was and that he had taken it by mistake.

His lawyer provided medical reports - the most recent from just a few weeks ago - showing that HM was suffering from bipolar disorder, making him unaware of his actions and subject to severe mood swings and hallucinations.

"We are required to provide treatment and have mercy on a patient," said the lawyer.

A woman, MO, from Morocco, is also accused of possessing and taking cocaine. She denies the charges.

The case was adjourned to February 17.

AAlkhoori@thenational.ae