Man handed 20-year prison sentence for robbery, attempted murder of couple

[17-05-2022 09:40 AM]

Ammon News - The Cassation Court has upheld a March Criminal Court ruling, sentencing a man to 20 years in prison after convicting him of robbing and attempting to murder a married couple in Amman in March 2015.

The Criminal Court declared the defendant guilty of shooting several rounds at the couple’s vehicle while it was parked at a national park on March 27.

The court also declared the defendant guilty of assaulting the couple and robbing them of their vehicle and setting it ablaze.

Court papers said the couple went for a ride at the Amman National Park.

Shortly afterward, the court maintained, a group of men approached them and started shooting at their vehicle.

“The couple ducked under the dashboard and escaped the shooting incident unharmed,” the court maintained.

However, the suspect and a group of men, who were not captured in the case, descended from their vehicle and assaulted the couple.

“The group robbed them of their belonging and their vehicle, which they ditched in Naour after setting it ablaze,” the court said.

Almost a year later, the court maintained, the defendant was captured by police and the couple was able to identify him as one of the culprits in a police lineup.

The defendant contested the verdict through his lawyer arguing that the prosecution failed to provide “solid evidence” in the case.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court’s attorney general asked the higher court to uphold the ruling.

The higher court ruled that the Criminal Court proceedings were accurate and that the defendant was given the appropriate punishment.

The Cassation Court bench comprised judges Mohammad Ibrahim, Fawzi Nahar, Nayef Samarat, Hayel Amr and Saeed Mugheid.

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