(MENAFN - Jordan Times) The Criminal Court has sentenced a 43-year-old man to 15 years in prison after convicting him of manslaughter for shooting his colleague in January 2009.
The court found the defendant guilty of shooting Mahmoud Nawaf, 27, to death following a heated argument on January 11 while at work at a company in an Amman suburb.
The court also ordered the defendant to pay JD72,640 in compensation to the victim's wife.
The court said the victim was the defendant's supervisor and that three days before the incident, the two were involved in a heated argument "because of the bad performance evaluation Nawaf wrote about the defendant".
"The defendant filed a complaint against the victim alleging verbal abuse and mistreatment and said that he was not fair when he wrote the evaluation," the 21-page verdict said.
On the day of the murder, the court added, both men were in the same office "when the victim said he wanted to expose the defendant".
"The defendant stood up, drew a gun, shot the victim twice in the stomach and fled from the office while his colleagues attempted to stop him," the court said.
Nawaf was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died shortly after being admitted, the court added.
The tribunal amended the premeditated murder charges originally pressed against the defendant by the criminal court prosecutor to manslaughter because the court concluded that "the defendant did not plot the murder".
The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charges during his opening trial.
The tribunal comprised judges Atef Jaradat, Firas Khashashneh and Omar Atharbeh.
The Cassation Court has begun reviewing the verdict, which was issued by the Criminal Court in late June.