Carpenter jailed for threatening cabbie

DUBAI - A Chinese carpenter, 46, was sentenced to three months in jail on Monday for threatening a cab driver with a knife to step off the car without paying the taxi fare.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Tue 28 Jun 2011, 11:59 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

He earlier pleaded guilty to the threat charge when he appeared in the Court of First Instance. The court, presided by Judge Hamad Abdel Latif Abdel Jawad, also ordered that the knife be confiscated. The taxi driver, a 25-year-old Pakistani, told the prosecutor that the incident happened about 2am in January this year when the defendant stopped him at Bani Yas Street.

He wanted to be dropped at the Chinese area at the International City.

Reaching there, the defendant did not know where he lived. The taxi driver asked for Dh50 as showed on the meter.

The Chinese told him he did not have money and he would bring it from home. Upon insistence from the driver, the defendant brandished a knife with which he threatened the driver. When he stepped out, the driver called the police.

However, the defendant came back to him and tried to give his mobile phone as a taxi fare. But the taxi driver turned him down.

A Yemeni policeman said that he was informed about a problem in the International City. When he reached the place, the driver told him that the defendant did not want to pay the taxi fare. The policeman searched the accused and found a knife hidden under his jacket sleeve.

He took him to Rashidiya police station.

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