Two teenagers have been sentenced to one year in prison for cutting off the hand of a young man with a machete during an argument in Sharjah.
The two defendants told Sharjah Criminal Court that weapons were used during the altercation and that many people had been involved in the fight, which took place near Al-Khezamia Park.
One, identified only as A.A., said that he had been sitting with friends when a group of people arrived, including the man who would later have his hand dismembered, and that they had initiated the fight. He said that although he had been carrying a machete, he didn’t attack the victim and had only acted in self-defence.
A witness told the court that he had been with the victim at the time of the incident, but that he did not know what had caused the fight.
He said that A.A. was in a group of 18 people and had been holding a machete. The witness said he didn’t know the victim had been attacked until he needed to be taken to hospital, and that they drove with the man bleeding and holding his dismembered right hand.
He was admitted to Rashid hospital in Dubai where the medical team were able to restore his hand after critical surgery that lasted for more than three hours.
The court also fined the teens Dh90,000 for causing a permanent disability.
source: The national