DUBAI // A policeman shot a fellow officer three times in the head in a personal dispute between the two, a court heard.
The 26-year-old Yemeni, who confessed to premeditated murder at Dubai Criminal Court on Monday morning, said he fired at his compatriot because of the stress the disagreement had caused.
The defendant, a patrol sergeant, was due to start his shift on November 8 last year when he went to the victim, a firearms gun keeper at Al Raffa police station, to receive his sidearm, bullets and handcuffs.
Prosecutors said he then pointed the gun at the 53-year-old and fired three times, killing him instantly. He then handed himself in to other officers at the station.
One witness, a 51-year-old officer, said he saw the defendant standing behind the victim. In evidence, he said he heard the defendant say to the victim: “When you and that other man came to my residence, what did you do to me?”
After the defendant said this, the witness said he saw him shoot the warehouse-keeper.
“I didn’t think it was serious, I thought they were joking,” said the Emirati, who then informed the officer in charge what had happened. Within minutes, an ambulance arrived but the victim was already dead.
The station’s in-charge officer told the court the defendant came to him moments after the shooting. “He told me he surrenders for killing his colleague so that legal action can be taken against him, then he handed me his weapon,” said the 30-year-old officer.
He said, when he questioned the shooter, the defendant told him that 15 days before the shooting he was attacked by the warehouse-keeper and a second man. The defendant told him they drugged and raped him.
“He told me that the store keeper gagged him with a cloth that had some chemical on it, after which he lost consciousness and that, when he woke up, he figured he was raped,” said the officer. A medical examination concluded that the defendant was sane, aware and responsible for his actions. However, it also stated that he may be suspicious of other’s motives and behaviour after he had been raped in 2008. The next hearing is on June 2.
Source: uae news