Man sentenced to death over murder of Fujairah mother launches appeal
The intruder stabbed the woman to death and badly injured her two children and the family's maid
A man sentenced to death after murdering a mother and badly injuring her two children and the family's maid is to have his mental state assessed, an appeal court heard.
The Pakistani man, 26, broke into the family's home in Fujairah before repeatedly stabbing Suzan Al Qudat, 39, after he woke her while entering the property.
He then stabbed the victim's daughter, who was 11 at the time, nine times and her nine-year-old brother five times before attacking the family's maid.
The frenzied event took place on March 23, 2017.
Police in Fujairah arrested the killer within 30 minutes of being alerted to the shocking crime.
Officers found the mother dead when they arrived at the house. Her children and the maid were bleeding heavily.
During questioning, the murderer said he had set out to burgle the family home.
He denied intending to kill Al Qudat but was convicted of premeditated murder, attempted murder and attempted theft by Fujairah Criminal Court last March.
An appeal case is now under way.
The two children, Natalie Al Mansoori and her brother Hamad, received treatment for their injuries at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi.
They were told of their mother's death by their father, Ibrahim Al Mansoori.
They were visited during their stay in hospital by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Mr Al Mansoori said at the time the two UAE rulers had lifted the family's spirits during their darkest hour.
“The visit by Sheikh Mohamed and Sheikh Mansour had a positive impact on the children as well as me,” he said.
“It has relieved our grief and this is what we always expect from our Rulers, who are with all citizens every time and in all happy and sad situations.”
A hearing at Fujairah Court of Appeal was adjourned in order for the man's psychological condition to be assessed.
The man's mental health will be monitored by Al Amal Hospital for Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment ahead of a final report being compiled.
A date was not set for the next court hearing.
Updated: February 12, 2020 04:21 PM