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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Man who murdered countryman with broken broomstick at party loses jail appeal

Defendant was one of three Nigerians to attack victim because he told them to keep the noise down

One of three men sentenced to 10 years in jail for killing a compatriot during a birthday party has lost his appeal.

The Nigerians, aged 24, 25 and 26, were at a countrywoman’s birthday party when the victim asked them to stop making so much noise.

The drunken, unemployed men broke a wooden broomstick and repeatedly stabbed the victim at a shared villa in Al Muraqqabat at about 1am on May 5 last year then left him to bleed to death.

The woman’s boyfriend said that the deceased was their neighbour.

“We were partying and then I heard a woman’s loud scream. I went to check and saw the man lying in a pool of blood,” said the Nigerian boyfriend, who looked around and saw one of the three defendants in blood-stained clothes.

“He was with eight other men who had attended with him. When he spotted me, he fled from the villa and I contacted police.”

A cleaner testified that the victim had heard the men shouting insults and threats so had approached them to stop it. He said he saw one of the defendants grab the victim by the collar.

“I tried to break them up but one of them pushed me aside and two started hitting the deceased with a broomstick, while the third joined in and hit the deceased on the head with a broken glass,” said the cleaner.

The trio kept on assaulting the man until he collapsed, he added.

A Yemeni policeman said that one of the men was arrested at about 2.30am.

“One of them resisted arrest and assaulted me. I sustained a fracture and ended up in hospital,” he said.

An Emirati lieutenant added that the second attacker was arrested at Dubai airport at about 4am the following day, while the third was arrested in Al Madam, Sharjah a day later.

In court last year, the three testified against each other but each were sentenced to 10 years in jail to be followed by deportation.

Only the 26-year-old appealed his sentence but he lost after Dubai Court of Appeal upheld the prison term and deportation on Tuesday.