x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Revenge arson rampage earns seven-year sentence on appeal

Court upholds first instance verdict for ex-inmate who said his wife helped put him in jail.

DUBAI // A disgruntled, ex-convict husband will serve seven years in prison for burning a relative's house and his wife's car, trespassing in his wife's house, damaging her property, and endangering her life and that of a police officer, the appeals court ruled today.

AH, 32, an Iraqi, was released from prison in October 2009 vowed to pay back his wife, RK, 27, for sending him to jail, court records show. The records do not specify why he thought that.

On October 20, 2009, AH broke into RK's sister's house and set it on fire.

While she and her relatives watched the fire, he climbed over the wall to RK's house, which was adjacent, broke into her Infiniti car and drove it through the home's gates.

AH drove the car straight at his wife and a police officer before barely avoiding them and speeding off.

The car was later found burnt near Mushrif Park.

AH pleaded not guilty at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance but was convicted and sentenced to seven years.

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