UAE father who whipped son to death wins appeal

Emirati admitted repeatedly hitting his son with electrical wire and cane over poor school grades
By Beatrice Thomas
Thu 17 Apr 2014 10:45 AM

An Emirati father who whipped his 12-year-old son to death to discipline him over poor school grades has had his one-year jail term overturned, it was reported.

The man, known as RM during the case, admitted repeatedly hitting his son with an electrical wire and a cane, Abu Dhabi's The National newspaper reported.

The son was reportedly left unconscious and driven to hospital by his mother, where he was pronounced dead.

RM was originally charged with causing death by beating, which holds a maximum jail term of 15 years, with the charge later changed to premeditated murder.

He was sentenced to three years jail and had to pay AED200,000 ($54,452) blood money after RM’s parents, who are considered the boy’s heirs waived their rights to a deaths sentence. The sentence was later reduced to one year an no blood money upon the boy’s mother’s wishes.

The National reported that on Wednesday the Court of Cassation ruled that the heirs should not have been consulted in this case and that the law states a father cannot be charged with premeditated murder unless he confesses or it was a “straightforward” murder act.

Under Sharia, a parent cannot be executed for killing their child.

The newspaper reported that a medical report showed there was not a fatal blow from the father, because the boy died from shock caused by the pain of the beating.

It was referred back to the appeals court for another hearing.

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