Court Revertback Death Penalty Against 2 People In Murder Case
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 The Court of Appeals presided over by Justice Najeeb Al-Mulla overturned the death penalty slapped on two people accused of premeditated murder. The two defendants were sentenced by the First Instance Court for murdering their friend with intent after they argued over KD 20 debt the deceased owed the first defendant. The case files indicated the two defendants met the victim in a cafÈ joint where they discussed repayment of the debt. According to statement by the defendants and witnesses, the victim refused to pay off the debt, and the second defendant attacked him with a pocketknife.

The first defendant pursued and stabbed the victim to death although he had managed to flee the scene after sustaining several stab wounds. Defense attorney Muhammad Al-Khaled pleaded with the court to dismiss the premeditated murder charges, arguing that the defendants did not intend to kill their friend or else they wouldn’t have arranged a meeting in a public place. Consequently, the court redefined the charges to assault that led to the death of the victim and overturned the capital punishment passed on the defendants by the First Instance Court. They were sentenced to 10 years in prison



20 Sep, 2015 0 905
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