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Man stabbed brother to death over car in Dubai

The brothers fought over who should take their father’s car

17:34 January 3, 2018

Dubai: A 21-year-old Emirati man stabbed his brother to death with a knife over an argument regarding their father’s car, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard.

The Emirati man, identified as A.Z., attacked his brother and stabbed him in the abdomen over an argument outside their home in Al Rashidiya area on July 10, 2017.

A 28-year-old Emirati police officer testified that they were alerted about a stabbing incident and the victim recovering in Rashid Hospital.

“We arrested his brother and his friend from the area and they possessed sharp tools and a knife. His brother confessed that he was at home with his friend when an argument happened with his brother over who should take their father’s car,” the officer said, according to records.

The suspect wanted the car and the brother refused and both decided to fight outside the house.

The victim was carrying a sword and the suspect a knife when they started fighting on the street in front of their home.

“The victim stabbed his brother in the chest and the latter stabbed him back in different parts of his body,” the officer added.

Their brother intervened and stopped the fighting when the victim fell unconscious and they took him to a nearby clinic.

The doctor called an ambulance which transferred the victim to Rashid Hospital.

A 24-year-old Emirati policeman was ordered to go to Rashid Hospital to investigate when he saw the two brothers.

“The suspect escaped when he saw us and we chased him. A white car stopped outside the hospital and the man jumped inside it. The car was driven by the second suspect,” the Emirati policeman said.

The main suspect and his friend sped away and threw the knife away before they were arrested.

Police said the suspect and his friend were under the influence of drugs.

The victim succumbed to his serious injuries later. The main suspect was charged with premeditated murder and both suspects were charged with consuming drugs. The second suspect was also charged with not reporting the crime to the authorities.

The brother denied the charge of premeditated murder but both suspects admitted to the drug abuse charge. The court adjourned the hearing to January 24 to assign a lawyer for both suspects.