DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Two Britons have gone on trial in this Persian Gulf emirate on charges of murdering an Indian security guard, defense lawyer Adel Habib said Tuesday.
Mark Spalding, 19, of Jarrow and Michael Brown, 22, of Sutton Coldfield are accused of premeditated murder in the June 16 death of Konia Bramil Jonbat, 32.
The prosecution charges that the two killed Jonbat by running over him with their car when he refused them entry into the housing compound where he worked, Habib said. Both pleaded innocent Monday.
The trial was adjourned until Sept. 22.
Under United Arab Emirates law, premeditated murder carries the death penalty.