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Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder

By Rana Husseini - Aug 15,2022 - Last updated at Aug 15,2022

AMMAN — The Cassation Court upheld a March Criminal Court ruling, sentencing a man to 10 years in prison after convicting him of the attempted murder of several people in Irbid in August of 2019. 

The Criminal Court declared the defendant guilty of attempting to kill five men who were in a football field in the town of Barha on August 22 following “a heated argument”. 

The court handed the defendant a 15-year prison term, but decided to reduce the sentence to 10 years after the victims dropped the charges against him.

Court papers said that the defendant went to a football field, where he engaged in “a heated argument” with the five men.

The defendant returned to his house, grabbed an unlicensed gun, and headed back to the football field, according to court documents. 

“The defendant fired several rounds at the five men, but they managed to escape from the shooting incident unharmed,” read the court papers.

The defendant contested the Criminal Court’s ruling, arguing that the “prosecution failed to provide solid evidence to convict him with the charges”, according to the court.

The Criminal Court’s attorney general asked the higher court to uphold the ruling, the court documents said. 

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

“The court relied on a ballistics test that indicated that the spent bullets collected at the scene were fired from the defendant’s gun,” the higher court said.

The Cassation Court bench was comprised of judges Mohammad Ibrahim, Fawzi Nahar, Nayef Samarat, Hammad Ghzawi and Qassem Dughmi.

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