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Two acquitted of kidnap, rape – Agency refunds expat’s cash as car is destroyed by blaze

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: The Court of First Instance obligated a car agency to pay an expatriate woman KD 6,500, which is the cost of the car she bought from the agency which had a manufacturing defect. The plaintiff counsel Lawyer Noha Al-Rayes explained that her client had bought the car from the agency two years ago and used to carry out regular maintenance of the car at the garage of the agency. She then detected a strange small and informed the mechanics about it but they ignored her. While she was driving, smoke began to emit from the AC ducts. She immediately left the car and in few minutes, fire had engulfed the vehicle. Lawyer Al-Rayes said her client made several attempts to settle the issue with the agency in a friendly manner but these attempts failed because the agency insisted that it was the mistake of her client. She revealed that the report obtained from the fire station indicated that reason behind the fire was an electrical defect in the engine, adding that the court then decided the agency must pay her client the cost of the vehicle as well as compensation.

Asian duo acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted two Asian expatriates who were accused of kidnapping, raping and robbing an Asian woman. The Public Prosecution had accused the two suspects of the abovementioned charges, after the victim reported that the two suspects kidnapped her and tied her up in an open area with intention of raping her. They then blackmailed her and robbed her of the money she had in her possession at that time. The defense counsel Lawyer Zayed Al-Dousari insisted that the charges against his clients lack any substantial evidence, insisting that the charges are overwhelmed with suspicion and the alleged victim did not have any marks to prove the incident had actually happened.

Not guilty in drugs case: The Misdemeanor Court of First Instance cleared a Kuwaiti man in his 30s of peddling and consuming hashish, and slammed various jail terms on three others. The Prosecution officer affiliated to General Drug Control Department said detectives, guarded with search warrant from the Public Prosecution Department, conducted a search of the first suspect’s residence in Jabriya area. He explained the first suspect vanished into thin air when he sighted the officers, but the second and third suspects were caught inside the house. The officers recovered two transparent sachets containing a white substance, another polythene bag containing red pills, and a wrap of beige colored pills suspected to be illicit drugs hidden in a wardrobe inside the first suspect’s room. The second suspect confessed the content of the transparent sachet belonged to him and the first suspect, and that they were meant for consumption and sale. He went ahead to admit ownership of all remaining substances, indicating he received the supply from the fourth suspect. He led anti-narcotics officers to the residence of the fourth suspect in Sharq area where 11 pieces of suspicious dark items plus KD 690 cash were recovered from the bedroom. The fourth suspect admitted the items were meant for sale and consumption. He also said the aforementioned cash was proceeds from drug sale. In defense of the first defendant, lawyer En’am Haider faulted procedures leading to the search and arrest of her client’s house and subsequent arrest. She noted the officers didn’t obtain search warrant prior to the procedures; thus the outcome of her client’s urine sample is null and void.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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