SHARJAH // The grief-stricken family of a nine-year-old Jordanian boy found dead by the side of a road in Dubai have called for the maximum punishment for his killer.
The body of Obaida Ibrahim Sadki was discovered at 8am on Sunday under a tree on Academic City Road in Al Warqa. He had been strangled and there were signs of sexual assault.
A 48-year-old Jordanian man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.
The boy went missing on Friday evening from outside a garage in Sharjah’s industrial area where his father worked. His family lived in the same building and he usually played in the area.
His father, Ibrahim Sadki, has been inconsolable since police informed him his son was dead and is overcome with grief, said the boy’s aunt Ahood, adding the whole family have rallied round to offer their support.
The aunt described Obaida’s killer as a “monster” and said that while the family are struggling to come to terms with what has happened, they are united and clear in their demand for justice and have asked for the death penalty.
“This is a monster. This is a monster… killing a child while looking at his innocent eyes. This person is not a human, animals are more humane,” said Ahood. “We want him executed, this is all we ask for. This is his punishment, God willing. If I could execute him with my bare hands I would.”
The family are hoping to bury Obaida as soon as his body is released by police.
“We still don’t have [the body of] Obaida with us, so we don’t know when the funeral will be,” said Mr Sadki, although the aunt was hopeful arrangements could be made as soon as today.
“We hope that the funeral is today once the procedures are done with the police and the hospital,” said Ahood. “We are not sure where it will be, but we will take him to the mosque and then for burial.”
Obaida, who has two sisters, was in the second grade at the Al Jeel Al Jadeed private school in Sharjah.
The school posted a tribute to him on its Facebook page, saying: “With hearts faithful in God’s justice and strength. With grief and sadness, the Al Jeel Al Jadeed family offers its condolences to our school’s loss, the student Obaida Ibrahim Sadki.”
Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, assistant commander of CID at Dubai Police, said the suspect, an acquaintance of Obaida’s father, told investigators how he lured the boy into his car on Friday at 7pm by promising to buy him a scooter.
“He went to Al Mamzar area in a car which he had borrowed from his building’s watchman, then parked the car and started to drink alcohol.
“The man told the nine-year-old to undress, but the child resisted and told the man he would tell his father, at which point the suspect tried to stop the child from screaming and strangled him.”
Maj Gen Al Mansouri said the man left the boy’s body in the back seat of the car and continued to drink until 5am, when he went back to his home in Sharjah.
At 7am, he went to Academic City and dumped the body as well as items used in the crime.
Major General Khamis Al Muzeina, chief of Dubai Police, said the child had been dead for less than 24 hours when the body was found.
“There were signs of struggle on the boy’s chest and hands as well as signs that he had been sexually assaulted. Within two hours of receiving the call, we were able to locate the suspect.”
Source: uae news