Mum's plea for imprisoned son who killed dad in UAE.
The family of a teenager who killed his father with a fire extinguisher intends to appeal his jail sentence, saying he suffers from mental health problems.
The Sudanese-American boy was yesterday sentenced to three years after being convicted of killing his father in November 2015.
He was given a limited jail term after his family said they did not want blood money or the death sentenceand told the judge they forgave him.
The court in Sharjah earlier heard that the teen had been sent to Al Amal Hospital, a psychiatric centre, for seven months but was later put forward to stand trial.
No definitive mental healthcondition was stated in court.
He gave testimony that he had not intended to kill his father and that a 'jinn' or spirit ordered him to do so.
He hit his father on the head with a fire extinguisher until he died and was found crying beside his body at his father's shop.
Salem Bin Sahoo, the teenager's defence lawyer, presented a letter toJudge Hussain Al Asoufi from the accused's brother, stating that the dead father's brother andmother have pardoned him.
Bin Sahoo told 7DAYS: "The accused got three years in jail as his family has pardoned him from capital punishment and blood money. However, I and the accused's mother were expecting a lesser jail term due to the circumstances surrounding the incident."
His mother, who attended the court hearings,told her lawyer in court: "My boy needs a medical treatment. He is not a criminal."
Bin Sahoo added: "The 18-year-old accused spent seven months in Al Amal Hospital. Then, he was brought up back to jail as he showed signs of improvements. Currently, he is still on medication."
The mother told 7DAYS at a previous court hearing: "The whole family has pardoned my son. He is loved by all family members."
Testifying earlier this year, the teenager's uncle said: "The incident took place November 14. A relative contacted me to check on my brother. When I reached at my brother's shop at 1am, I saw the body of my brother on the floor."
He said there were no prior problems between the father and son.
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