x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Killers of Ali, 13, in court to appeal against sentences

Five teenagers involved in stabbing a boy to death appeared in court yesterday to appeal against their sentences.

DUBAI // Five teenagers involved in stabbing a 13-year-old boy to death appeared in court yesterday to appeal against their sentences. Ali Mohammed Hassan was stabbed 12 times and left for dead on a pavement in Al Rashidiya in March. H A, 16, was convicted of stabbing Ali while A M, 17, urged him on. The two also assaulted Ali's brother and his friend, causing both of them grievous bodily harm.

A A, 15, S H, 14, and A H, 15, conspired and enticed H A and A M into the murder and the assault. The young Emiratis were brought into the juvenile court yesterday surrounded by police officers. Police asked Ali's family to wait outside during the proceedings. They said they were under instruction to do so.  On the night of the murder a police officer heard a scream outside his house and found Ali lying in a pool of blood. He rushed the boy, who was still alive, to Rashid Hospital. 

Ali had 12 stab wounds: three in the left side of his back, three in the left shoulder, three in the left side of his chest, two in his stomach and one in his upper chest. He died from his injuries. In July, H A was ordered to serve 10 years in the juvenile detention centre; A M received a sentence of five years. The other three boys were referred to a juvenile reform centre and placed on probation until they reach adulthood. 

The advocate Mohammed al Saadi, who is representing the three boys placed on probation, said he presented a number of requests to the court. He said he could not add anything further because of confidentiality laws governing juvenile prosecution proceedings. The court will reconvene next month. @Email:amustafa@thenational.ae