x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Criminal court upholds sentence against killer

A court has refused a Saudi national's appeal to reduce his life sentence after he was convicted of killing a compatriot and wounding his brother.

DUBAI // A court has refused a Saudi national's appeal to reduce his life sentence after he was convicted of killing a compatriot and wounding his brother. Abdullah al Mutairi, 26, shot dead Ziyad Ahmed, 39, and wounded Mr Ahmed's 35-year-old brother in a drunken rage in April 2006. Al Mutairi jumped into the victims' car and fired at them when they declined to drive him to Burj al Arab.

After al Mutairi's sentence was upheld by the Dubai Court of Appeals in 2007, he submitted a waiver from the victim's family asking that his sentence be reduced. Judge El Saeed Bargouth, of the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance, dismissed the request yesterday. The Kuwaiti-born Saudi national got into the car after noticing the vehicle's Saudi registration plate. The victims were driving from the Hyatt Regency Hotel towards the junction with Naif Police Station when the defendant jumped into the car.

The brothers, who were taken by surprise, asked al Mutairi several times to get out, but he refused and started shooting at them. Al Mutairi fired five times and was carrying another 28 rounds in his pistol. He was also found guilty of theft after taking Dh90 (US$24) and a mobile phone from the victims. amustafa@thenational.ae