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‘I just wanted to murder any person that day’

Bahrain News
Wed, 23 Mar 2016
Noor Zahra

A Bahrain resident has admitted to stabbing his colleague to death because “murder was the only evil thing” he had not committed yet, a court heard.

He has been charged with premeditated murder in connection with the death of Raten Kumar, aged 29, who was found with six stab wounds at a labour camp in Salmabad on January 1.

The Indian victim was discovered by his roommates, who were woken up at 5am by Mr Kumar’s screams.

The alleged killer was arrested with blood stains on his clothes after he stormed into a nearby mosque, just minutes after committing the murder. 

The initially told prosecutors during questioning that he killed his victim because the latter insulted “Islam and God”.

“(Mr Kumar) was Hindu and always insulted God and the Prophet,” said the repair man in his statement to the Public Prosecution.

“He would hold his private parts and say God’s name.

“One day I saw him standing in an alleyway and I decided to get a big knife from the kitchen on the second floor of the accommodation to kill him.

“There was a party going on and I quickly grabbed the knife, which has a silver handle, and confronted him.

“I then quickly plunged the knife,  twice, into his neck.

“He fell to the ground but he attempted to escape.

“I then stabbed him a third time in the neck, and then stabbed him in the stomach and twice in the arms.”

However, he later said he “invented” the story about the victim insulting Islam to gain sympathy from prosecutors during questioning.

He claimed to prosecutors that he wanted to “kill any human being” because he knew he would be sentenced to death in Bahrain.


“I just wanted to kill any person that day,” he

“I did not specifically target him and we had no previous feud.

“Before I went to sleep I was thinking about all the wrong things I did in my life including smoking, drinking alcohol, killing animals and I realised the only thing I haven’t done is murder.

“I then said to myself that I will kill a human being – no one in specific.” 

He will appear before a judge on April 6 having undergone a mental evaluation at the Psychiatric Hospital.

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