Bahrain: A wedding crasher, who smashed a wooden plank over the head of a guest who confronted him, fracturing his skull, has been jailed for five years.
His victim spent the next 22 days in hospital and now suffers partial hearing loss in his left ear, in addition to problems with balance due to his head injuries.
The wedding was taking place at a house in Sehla on April 16, 2014 and the defendant, who was 19 at the time, said he and his friend wanted to see what was happening inside.
“I was curious and wanted to see what was happening inside the wedding,” he told prosecutors.
“Suddenly, the wedding guests gathered around and started beating me up.
“One picked up a piece of wood to hit me, but I took it and hit him with it instead.”
The High Criminal Court convicted the defendant of assault yesterday and, in addition to a five-year prison term, directed for a compensation claim to be filed at the High Civil Court.
However, defence lawyers said they would file an appeal at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court.
The Bahraini victim, who was 21 at the time, said he had initially tried to prevent a fight breaking out between the wedding crasher and the bride’s brother.
“I was with my friend at his home for his sister’s wedding,” the victim told prosecutors.
“We saw two people sneaking about at the wedding and looking into my friend’s home.
“My friend became mad, yelled at them and told them not to spy on his female family members.
“However, he (the assailant) said: ‘This is a free country, I can look at whatever I want,’ as he stood outside the house.
“They then had an altercation with each other and I tried to break them up.
“He (the defendant) then punched my friend in the face.”
The victim said he jumped in when the defendant reached for the wooden plank.
“Suddenly he (the defendant) picked up a wooden plank and I jumped in to defend my friend,” he said.
“The next thing I opened my eyes to find myself in a hospital.
“They told me I had a fractured skull and a seven centimetre wound.
“I was hallucinating at the hospital and suffered physically and mentally following the attack.”