Cabbie accused of 
bid on robber’s life

DUBAI — A taxi driver faced trial on charges of attempting to murder an Emirati student who, along with two others, allegedly tried to rob him.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Mon 20 Sep 2010, 11:47 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:42 PM

The 28-year-old Pakistani driver pleaded not guilty when he appeared at the Court of First Instance.

The student, 20, and his friends, a 29-year-old unemployed Emirati and an Iranian salesman, are facing trial on robbery charges. They also pleaded innocence.

According to the arraignment sheet of the Public Prosecution, the driver attempted to kill the student by assaulting him many times with a shovel. He was stopped short of killing the student after an Arab man intervened and called the police and ambulance.

The driver told the investigating prosecutor that the other three defendants hired his cab from Rashidiya asking to be dropped in Mirdiff at 12.30am on November 28 last year.“The unemployed Emirati defendant stepped off after they asked me to stop in a dark location,” the driver claimed. “He came towards me and hit me on my face, neck and chest. The student was hitting me from behind,” the driver added.

“He took my wallet while the Iranian, who was sitting next to me, took my mobile phone,” he said.

“I followed them as they ran towards a house in Mirdiff,” the driver said.

The student brandished a knife and hit the driver with it. The driver then picked up a shovel he found on the ground with which he hit the student on his head.

The Jordanian man, who called the police, said during the investigation that he saw the driver hitting the student.

“The student’s face was hard to recognise as it had blood all over. He was in real pain”.

The student had to stay many months at the Intensive Care Unit of Rashid Hospital. He had severe head trauma. —

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