x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Man stabbed in stomach by friend in Abu Dhabi forgives him

Pakistani MK is accused of attempting to murder fellow countryman and roommate AR by stabbing him twice in the right side of his stomach.

ABU DHABI // A man stabbed in the stomach by his friend told a court today that he forgives him.

Pakistani M?K is accused of attempting to murder fellow countryman and roommate A?R by stabbing him twice in the right side of his stomach. He is also accused of insulting him verbally.

The accused has denied insulting and trying to kill his friend, saying he was waving the knife only to scare him and that stabbing him was a mistake.

A?R told the Criminal Court that he forgives M?K "for the sake of Allah".

Another roommate, A?M, from Egypt, said he saw the two men and their third roommate quarrel in the kitchen.

"They were speaking in Pakistani, so I did not understand what they were arguing about," he said, "then suddenly I was surprised when the defendant took out a pocket knife and stabbed A?R."

The judge asked the witness if M?K meant to kill A?R and he replied: "I do not think so; they always eat and drink together.

"He was stabbing him from afar ... if he meant to kill him, he would have moved closer."

The Egyptian added that the accused appeared scared as he stabbed his friend, as if uncertain. "Maybe he was scared because we were around witnessing the act," he said.

The case was adjourned until April 2 to appoint a defence lawyer for M?K.

hdajani@thenational.ae