A 47-year-old jobless Emirati man, who allegedly threatened police officers to blow up a gas canister if they got closer to him, stood trial on Wednesday in the Court of First Instance.
A police corporal told the prosecutor that he was informed about the incident, which dates back to May, while on a patrol duty around 7.30am. A Filipino man had accused the defendant of trying to have sex with him after impersonating as a police officer and taking the former to his place.
The Filipino managed to escape and ran into a police patrol that in turn called the corporal for back up. As the corporal reached the defendant’s place, he saw the accused holding a gas canister in one hand and a lighter in the other.
He threatened the cops of blowing up the canister if they got closer to him. The defendant repeated the threat and looked awkward as if he was under the influence of drugs. The police officers overpowered the accused and took the gas canister from him.
The defendant showed them medical reports stating he had Aids and hepatitis. The cops preferred to keep away from him until the preventive medicine patrol arrived. The Filipino man was taken to Bur Dubai police station to complete the procedures, while the defendant was sent back to his house till the preventive medicine patrol arrived. Around noon on the same day the police corporal, who was still on patrol duty, got a call saying a man had fainted in a restaurant near the police station. The corporal found out the man who passed out to be the same accused in the threat case.
The accused was then taken to a hospital accompanied by a cop and later charged with threatening the police.