Mentally ill man who insulted fellow inmate acquitted

he Court of Appeal overturned the original sentence for A B, an Emirati, as well as a drugs consumption charge, after ruling that his illness meant he was not responsible for his actions.

ABU DHABI // A mentally ill man who was acquitted of damaging his father’s house appeared in court again accused of insulting a fellow prisoner while awaiting trial.

The Court of Appeal overturned the original sentence for A B, an Emirati, as well as a drugs consumption charge, after ruling that his illness meant he was not responsible for his actions.

The court heard that while he was in jail waiting for his case to be heard he had argued with his cellmate, M A.

“He suffered one of his seizures and he attacked M A verbally and an exchange of insults occurred,” said Chief Justice Dr Khairi Al Kabbash.

At the Appeals Court on Sunday, the two inmates hugged and kissed each other.

“We have reconciled, can you let me out now? Can I go sleep at home please?” A B said.

The case was adjourned.

Published: December 21, 2014 04:00 AM

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