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Mugging victim recounts attack ordeal in court

Bahrain News
Sat, 11 Nov 2017
By Noor Zahra

A MUGGING victim thought he was going to die when a man wielding an axe allegedly attacked him in broad daylight, a court heard.

The 28-year-old Indian was sitting in a car outside a cold store in Sitra when the defendant approached him and asked him for his ID, in December last year.

The 27-year-old Bahraini then forced the victim out of the car and threatened to kill him with the axe if he did not hand over his mobile phone and wallet.

The defendant struck the wallet out of the victim’s hand with the axe before snatching it and fleeing.

The victim came face to face with his alleged attacker for the first time since the incident when he gave evidence at the High Criminal Court.

“Yes, your honour, this is the man who tried to kill me with an axe,” he told a leading judge as he pointed towards the defendant standing behind a glass partition.

“At first he (the defendant) approached me and asked for my ID; I thought he was an undercover policeman.

“He then pulled out an axe from behind his back and pointed it towards me and I thought I was going to be hacked to death.

“This happened outside a cold store in Sitra in December.

“He told me to be quiet and hand over my wallet or he would kill me.

“He struck the wallet out of my hand with the axe and I thought he was going to cut my arm off.

“Fortunately, he left and I managed to drive off quickly.

“I reported the incident to the police and I identified him in a police line-up.

“He could have easily killed me because hardly anyone was around to witness the attack.”

The defendant is accused of theft and assault and the High Criminal Court adjourned the trial until December 31 for review.

He denied the charges and said he had gone to the cold store to buy some food.

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