x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Jail term reduced for wife stabber

A Sudanese man who stabbed his wife to death has his sentence reduced from five to three years by an appeals court.

ABU DHABI // The appeals court today reduced the sentence for a man who stabbed his wife to death from five years in prison to three.

The court upheld a previous ruling that IR, from Sudan, should pay blood money of Dh200,000 to his wife's relatives.

The man was appealing a verdict of murder, admitting he killed his wife during a quarrel, but denying he planned or intended to do so.

He said on the day of the incident his wife had travelled to Sharjah without his knowledge. When he found out where she had gone he went to collect her. The pair agreed to meet in front of a shopping centre, but he waited for hours and she never showed up. When he returned to Abu Dhabi he found his wife at their home and a quarrel ensued.

The man said his wife was holding a knife and threatened to kill him. He said he remembered taking the knife from her but that after this he lost awareness of his surroundings. When he came to his senses, his wife was lying in a pool of blood.

The appeals court upheld the decision by the criminal court ordering the man to pay blood money. The criminal court ruled that a blood money settlement was appropriate as the wife's main blood relative had waived the right to vengeance.

The main blood relative in the case was the couple's seven-year-old son. However, as the son was underage his grandfather - the killer's father - took the decision instead.

This was objected to by the wife's daughter from a previous marriage, who demanded the death sentence instead.

"Where is our right? We lost our mother, and her parents - they lost their daughter," she said.

The blood money is to be divided between all the blood relatives, including the woman's children from a previous marriage.

hdajani@thenational.ae