Three defense witnesses of Muhujath Abdul Naasih who was arrested in connection with the death of 21-year-old Abdul Muheeth ‘Bobby’ of Galolhu Veyru have told the court that Naasih was with them playing video games when the incident occurred.
Local media present at the Criminal Court today reported that the three witnesses said Naasih was with them playing video games from 10pm to 2am the night Muheeth was murdered.
The witnesses said that at 2am they went to Petral Hotel where they met another friend before going for a ride around Malé.
They told the court that while they were riding on two motorbikes they clashed into each other, claiming that that was how Naasih got the bruise on his leg which police had claimed was obtained during the attack on Muheeth.
According to the witnesses they took Naasih to ADK hospital and after treating the injury they all went home.
Haveeru has previously reported that police had said phone call recordings revealed that Naasih’s leg was injured by another minor was involved in the murder case who had been carrying a sharp weapon that night.
Before concluding today’s hearing the presiding judge announced that the next hearing would be held on May 6.
On February 19, 2012, Muheeth was rushed to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital after being stabbed at 1:45am near the Finance Ministry building. He later died during treatment.
In May 2013, the Juvenile Court issued the death sentence to two 18 year-olds found guilty of the murder.
A total of three minors were charged in the case, with one later acquitted. The two sentenced to death are both 18 years-old, although both were minors at the time of the murder,
At the time of Muheeth’s death Police Inspector Abdulla Satheeh told the press that the investigation showed that the victim had no involvement in gang-related crimes, had no police record, and was working in a responsible job at the time.
The three main suspects were identified at the time as Muhujath Ahmed Naasih of Abulagee Ge on Gahdhoo in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll, Mohamed Maimoon of Zaithoonige, on Naifaru of Lhaviyani Atoll and Ali Mushahfau of Sultan Villa on Maradhoo in Seenu Atoll.
Bobby’s murder prompted a public outpouring of grief, with the ‘Justice for Bobby’ Facebook page receiving over 16,000 members, and a ten-minute silence observed at the scene of the murder.