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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Prison term reduced for man who shot and killed wife

The man was originally sentenced to 15 years in jail but it was reduced to five years on appeal

A man who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife after the two fought has had his jail term reduced by the Appeals Court in Ras Al Khaimah.

On July 9, 2016, police were called to the Emirati couple’s home after neighbours reported hearing gun shots.

The wife, 43, was rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound but later died. Her 45-year-old husband surrendered himself to police saying that he shot her in a fit of rage after she provoked him.

The Criminal Court charged him with attempted murder and possessing a gun and ammunition without a license. He denied the first charge in May last year, saying he did not intend to kill her.

“He did not have the criminal intent to end her life,” the defendant’s lawyer Ebrahim Al Hosani told judges. The man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder and to an additional six months for gun possession.

“There was an error in implementing the law by the criminal court because, as per article 96 of the penal code, being provoked and committing the act in a fit of rage is to be considered as a leniency factor, besides it is obvious that my client did not have a criminal intent,” said the lawyer who appealed the sentence.

The appeals court reduced the defendant’s prison term to five years for murder and additional six months for keeping a gun and ammunition.