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Child killer’s appeal verdict on April 17

The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal will announce the verdict of the accused who raped and murdered 11-year-old boy

  • Azan Majid JanjuaImage Credit: Supplied
  • Azan Majid Janjua, 11, had gone missing in May 2017 and his body was later found on a building rooftop.Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal on Wednesday announced that it will hold a verdict next month on the case of a Pakistani man accused of raping and strangling his 11-year-old nephew.

The murder of Azan Majid Janjua took place in May, 2017.

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During the hearing on Wednesday, the defendant’s lawyer pleaded his client’s innocence due to the lack of evidence presented to the court.

The accused had also denied all the charges brought against him in the Court of Appeal.  

Gulf News previously reported that on November 27, 2017, the accused was handed the death penalty by firing squad, and was also ordered to pay a compensation of Dh200,000 to the victim’s family.

According to reports, Azan went missing on May 30, and his body was found the next morning by AC technicians who initially visited the building’s rooftop to check a malfunctioning chiller.

CCTV footage from the building showed the suspect disguised as a woman who wore a burqa, as he mislead the boy to the rooftop to commit the crime.