Emirati jailed for Fujairah wedding shootings
A wedding guest who accidentally shot dead two brothers during the celebrations has been locked up for four months.
The 30-year-old Emirati has also been fined Dhs6,000 and ordered to pay blood money to the victims’ families.
The judge issued the sentence after the families of the dead men waived their rights and forgave the defendant.
Prosecutors charged him with accidentally shooting three people, killing two of them, and possessing a weapon without a licence. He admitted the charges.
The defendant was a relative of a member of the wedding party and had fired several rounds into the air as a mark of celebration.
A witness said: “It was about 10pm. He fired bullets in the air but accidentally shot three people.”
The eldest of the brothers, a 36-year-old Emirati, died at the scene while his 18-year-old sibling later died in hospital. The third man suffered only minor injuries from the bullets.
The defendant was performing the traditional Yola dance with other guests, including the victims, at wedding in the Wum area of Dibba, Fujairah, in March.
Rashid Saeed, who was among the guests, said yesterday: “I believe it has been a fair judgment because it was an accident. The man didn’t mean to hurt or kill the
victims. Besides, they were his friends.”
Under UAE law, the defendant must pay Dhs200,000 in blood money for each victim.