Woman accused of UAE mall killing to undergo psychiatric assessment

Emirati accused of killing Ibolya Ryan previously said she had intended to attack a Britsh woman

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The woman on trial accused of stabbing an American female school teacher to death in an Abu Dhabi mall, is to undergo psychological tests to establish whether she was mentally fit and responsible for her actions for a request by the defense lawyers, local daily Gulf News reported.

Presiding judge Falah Al Hajiri, at the State Security Court in the Federl Supreme Court in the UAE capital assigned a medical committee on Tuesday to carry out the assessment of Emirati Ala’a Bader al Hashemi, and present its findings at the next hearing on April 21.

It is claimed that Hashemi murdered Ibolya Ryan in Boutik Mall, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, on December 1 last year.

In a macabre twist of fate, UAE daily The National reported, Ms Ryan became the unwitting victim after Hashemi decided not to kill her intended victim - an English woman - because she was pushing her baby in a pram – the court heard on Tuesday.

In a video presented to the court by the prosecution counsel, the 30-year-old defendant re enacted the murder.

The video showed how Hashemi walked into the mall and into a toilet – the National newspaper report added.

The court heard she considered attacking the British woman who was in the toilet, but changed her mind. Then when Ms Ryan walked in, she Hashemi asked for help getting into the disabled toilet.

In the video shown to the court Hashemi said: “When the victim turned, I locked the door and asked her to sit down on the side of the toilet. When she refused I took out the knife. She had kept her bag in front of her and I asked her to give it to me.

“When she did she tried to attack me so we fought in this corner. She started screaming for help and I pushed her to the wall where I stabbed her - I don’t know how many times, but mostly in her chest area.”

The reported added that a security guard then entered the toilet, but Hashemi then fled the scene, leaving the knife behind.

In the video she confessed to the killing, saying she wanted to kioll an expatriate, but after seeing the video in the court, the defendant said: “That is me, but it is like I am dreaming… I don’t remember doing any of this or saying it.”

The accused is also accused of placing a homemade bomb outside the apartment of another American citizen – she denies the claim.

She was seen hiding the number of her car, which is registered in the name of her husband, Mohammad Abdul Kader Al Habashi, who is jailed by State Security in a terrorism case, Gulf News reported.