Teenagers ‘run over by friend’




A BAHRAINI allegedly ran over two of his friends, killing one, in revenge for cropping him out of a group picture, a court heard.

The 20-year-old is standing trial at the High Criminal Court for the premeditated murder of a 19-year-old Bahraini and attempted murder of a 16-year-old Bahraini.

He allegedly smashed his white Nissan Altima into the teenagers, who were standing on the side of the road in Sehla, before driving away.

The 19-year-old was thrown into the air and landed on a nearby waste ground, where he died in a pool of blood on March 1, while the other victim suffered injures to his back and right hand.

According to court documents, the suspect planned to kill the teenagers after he accused the 19-year-old of stealing his mobile phone to take numbers of his “gay friends”.

However, the 16-year-old, who took to the stand in court yesterday, said the argument started over a picture of the three of them.

“They would always argue and fight but then make up,” he told judges.

“He (suspect) thought that our friend took his mobile phone to steal the blackberry pins of his gay friends.

“However, the real argument was not that, it happened over a picture that included the three of us.

“My friend cut the suspect out of the picture and stuck it on his motorbike and I did the same thing too. We also posted the picture on blackberry.

“The suspect got mad and said that we were making him our enemy.

“He then tried to run us over with his motorbike the day before he crashed into us.

“He also sent us messages saying ‘to kill or to be killed’.

“So we argued and insulted his mother and sister and in return he called us unmanly.

“We called him to settle the argument and we waited on the street for him, but he came at us at around 100mph.

“We didn’t expect him to drive into us and we both were thrown off in the impact.

“My friend lay motionless and blood came out of his mouth,” he added.

A medical examiner also testified in yesterday’s hearing and said the victim suffered broken ribs and shoulders.

“He received fatal injures to his ribcage and shoulders in the impact of the accident,” said the Egyptian doctor.

Lawyer Fatima Al Hawaj, representing the alleged killer, claimed that her client suffered from a mental disorder and requested judges to send him to the Psychiatric Hospital for an evaluation.

“My client lost one of his eyes in an accident when he was two and ever since he has been suffering mentally,” she told judges.

“Especially, when people call him ‘Dajjal’ (anti-Christ) or ‘one-eyed’ then he cannot control his temper and suffers from impulsive behaviour.

“He dropped out of school because of this and was treated at the Psychiatric Hospital.

Ms Al Hawaj also argued that her client did not intend to kill the teenagers because he tried to stop the car.

“We can see skid marks left by his vehicle as the defendant attempted to stop his car,” she said holding up crime scene photographs.

“He did not mean to kill the victim.”

Judges adjourned the trial to October 30 to cross examine defence witnesses.

The defendant earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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