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Three guilty in infants' pesticide deaths

Defendants who caused the deaths of two five-month-old boys by spraying pesticide in a neighbour's home have been sentenced to four years' jail and must pay blood money

Defendants who caused the deaths of two five-month-old boys by spraying pesticide in a neighbour's home have been sentenced to four years' jail and must pay blood money
Defendants who caused the deaths of two five-month-old boys by spraying pesticide in a neighbour's home have been sentenced to four years' jail and must pay blood money

AJMAN // Three men charged with causing the deaths of two five-month-old boys by spraying pesticide in a neighbour’s home in March last year have been sentenced to four years in jail and ordered to pay Dh400,000 in blood money.

The Ajman Criminal Court of First Instance, presided over by Judge Hamadi al Shaali, handed down the verdict yesterday. The sentence was broken down into two-year prison terms and Dh200,000 in blood money for the death of each infant.

The manager of a pesticide company and two assistants sprayed the home in the Nuaimiya area and fumes spread to the house next door. The fumes caused the boys, part of a set of triplets, to die at the Sheikh Khalifa Hospital, the court found. Their father pronounced himself satisfied with the verdict.

“At last justice has been served,” said Hassan Bakari. “We have been waiting for this justice all along and want to thank the government for all its assistance.”

Tariq al Rashid, the Ajman public prosecution director, said in an investigative report that the deaths were the direct result of the pest control company using concentrated pesticides instead of diluting them down to the recommended strength.

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