Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court sentenced three people to life imprisonment for deprivation of liberty, attempted rape and criminal implication.
The judgment came after police in Abu Dhabi received a complaint of an assault in a remote area of the desert. Victims reported being surprised by the arrival of a vehicle with three people on board, MM, SM and AS, who appeared to be intoxicated. Two of the defendants threatened the first male victim with a knife and attempted to pull her away. During this time, the third defendant attempted to rape the female victim. She was able to resist and the other two defendants later attempted to rape her. In the meantime, the male victim managed to escape and report the crime to Abu Dhabi police.
The defendants tried to flee when they found the police approaching, but the authorities were able to apprehend them. While trying to flee, one of the defendants also damaged the police vehicle.
The three were then arrested, remanded in custody and questioned by the prosecution. The prosecution then called for the maximum sentence when the three defendants were presented in court.
A series of additional charges and penalties were also recorded.
The first accused, MM, was charged with psychotropic substance abuse and sentenced to three years in prison with a fine of 50,000 dirhams. On charges of hitting and damaging the police patrol vehicle, the defendant was sentenced to one year in prison and six months in prison for driving under the influence of psychotropic substances, with a fine of 30,000 D. The defendant’s driving license was also suspended for the remaining period of validity, with a ban on renewing it or obtaining a new license. Finally, for having obscured the license plate while driving, the defendant was sentenced to six months in prison and another fine of D30,000.
The second accused, SM, was also sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 50,000 dirhams for abuse of psychotropic substances. The third defendant, AS, was also charged with the abuse of psychotropic substances and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, with a fine of 50,000 Dh.
The Abu Dhabi prosecutor’s office also said the safety and security of community members was their top priority.