A court overturned a case against a soldier accused of attempting to murder his wife by shooting her in the buttock with an unlicensed gun.
The Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday dropped the charges of attempted murder after the 53-year-old Emirati soldier reconciled with his 38-year-old Emirati wife after she dropped her case against him.
"The attempted murder charge has been dropped after the suspect, E.J., submitted waiver from his wife in court. However he faces three months in jail for illegal possession of a gun and unlawfully possessing explosive materials. The court has also fined him Dh1,000 for consuming liquor," said Presiding Judge Al Saeed Mohammad Barghout upon pronouncing yesterday's judgment.
Prosecutors had charged the soldier getting drunk and unintentionally shooting his wife in her buttock using the unlicensed gun.
"I did not have any premeditated intention to shoot her... I was under the influence of alcohol. I am guilty on the grounds of possessing the gun without a licence, but it belonged to a shaikh," argued E.J., defending himself in court.
Presiding Judge Barghout said in courtroom four yesterday that the gun and explosive materials will be confiscated.
According to the arraignment sheet, E.J. was charged with possessing a gun without a license from the authorities and illegally possessing explosive materials — 12 firework grenades.
Swift medical intervention helped save the wife's life immediately after she was rushed to Rashid Hospital.
"I had no intention to shoot at her or try to kill her...," said E.J.
"I yelled at the kids and scolded them for behaving chaotically... my husband asked me not to scold the children while he was drinking. The children remained shouting. Suddenly he went to his room angrily. Meanwhile I rushed behind him to calm him down... I was surprised when I saw that he pulled out his gun and shot me in my back. I rushed out to the neighbours' house for rescue," the wife told to prosecutors.
An Emirati policeman, who questioned E.J., said the latter admitted that a shaikh gave him the gun in 1977.
"He claimed to me that he shot his wife when she told him he is not a man. A female neighbour reported the police that the wife rushed to their doorstep and she was bleeding. The neighbour alleged that the wife told her that the accused shot her following a heated argument," the policeman claimed.
The primary judgment remains subject to appeal within 15 days.
I did not have any premeditated intention to shoot her... I was ?under the influence of alcohol. ?I am guilty on the grounds of possessing the gun without a licence, but it belonged to a shaikh."