x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Men who killed serial rapist appeal against death sentence

The court heard the murder victim had repeatedly raped one of the men, a homosexual who returned with his boyfriend and attacked the rapist to "teach him a lesson."

ABU DHABI // Twomen convicted of poisoning another man who repeatedly raped one of them are appealing against their death sentence. 

The pair, both Asians, were allowed to appeal because they had not been provided with a translator when they confessed to police. They appeared in court on Wednesday. The court heard the murder victim had repeatedly raped one of the men, a homosexual who returned with his boyfriend and attacked the rapist to "teach him a lesson".

Together with a third man, they drugged the rapist's tea. A struggle ensued and the trio pinned him to the floor by his neck and feet. Forensics reports said the rapist died from the drugged tea. The blood relatives of the rapist confirmed they would drop their right to demand capital punishment in exchange for Dh200,000. 

The judge asked the two men whether they had that amount of money, and they said they did not. As of Wednesday they were awaiting benefactors.

They are scheduled to appear on October 13 for sentencing. 

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