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Psychiatric tests on UAE torture dad 'complete'

Hospital has finished its psychiatric evaluation of father accused of torturing and killing his 8-year-old daughter, hears court.

DUBAI // Psychiatric tests on a father accused of torturing and killing his 8-year-old daughter have been completed, a court heard today.

The father - who is accused of carrying out the killing with the help of his pregnant girlfriend - told the criminal court that he had completed his evaluation at Rashid Hospital a week ago. However, his girlfriend, who was undergoing psychiatric evaluation at Latifa Hospital, failed to appear in court.

The court ordered the tests after both the father and his girlfriend claimed they were mentally unstable at the time of the girl's death.

Presiding judge Maher Salameh ordered the hospitals to finalise their reports.

The pair have been charged with imprisoning and torturing the man's two daughters, Wadeema, 8, and Mira, 7. They are also charged with hiding the body of Wadeema after her death, burying the body without the proper permits and torturing Mira, causing her a 10 per cent permanent disability.

The father, 29-year-old HS, previously denied all charges, but admitted burying the body. He claimed that he was mentally unwell and that he had been receiving treatment at Al Khaleej Medical Centre. He said that both the centre and the police's anti-narcotics department would be able to confirm this.

His girlfriend, AM, previously confessed to all the charges before the presiding judge, Maher Salemeh. She said she suffered from schizophrenia and that she had no realisation of the severity of her actions at the time of the girl's death.

The couple are accused of burning the girls with irons and cigarettes in their studio apartment in International City. They are said to have poured boiling water on the girls, and beaten them with sticks, electrical wires and bars. Prosecutors said they also used an electrical stun gun on the girls.

When Wadeema died from her injuries, she was wrapped in a white cloth and buried in the desert in Sharjah.

The court is yet to hear the testimony of Wadeema's surviving younger sister, Mira, who was also tortured. A number of other witnesses are also yet to testify.

The trial was adjourned to September 16.

salamir@thenational.ae