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Final chance to appeal sentence in petrol station arson trial

Bahrain News
Thu, 08 Mar 2018
GDN Online Desk

A MAN found guilty of setting part of a petrol station alight in Zallaq after locking the workers inside has one more chance to appeal his sentence.

The Supreme Criminal Appeals Court rejected the Bahraini’s appeal yesterday.

He was among three Bahrainis convicted of arson, possessing Molotov cocktails and attempt to murder by the High Criminal Court in 2015.

The GDN previously reported the defendants attacked Sakhir Fuel Station at around 2am on October 20, 2014.

After forcing the Indian employees inside into a back office at knife-point, they locked the doors and used petrol from the pumps to start a fire. Disaster was only averted thanks to a passing motorist who saw the fire, alerted the authorities and freed the imprisoned employees.

The petrol station workers then valiantly fought the fire until Civil Defence personnel arrived.

All three attackers, who managed to flee the scene, were arrested shortly afterwards thanks to an anonymous tip-off.

They were all sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and ordered that they also pay a BD1,085 fine to cover the cost of the damages.

The attack occurred just three weeks after masked youths tried to set alight the forecourt of the Budaiya Service Station, opposite the International Hospital of Bahrain.

Disaster was only averted on that occasion after a quick-thinking staff cut fuel supplies to the pumps.