Duo in the dock over mutual assault

DUBAI — Two men, a Syrian and an Egyptian, were in the dock on Wednesday charged with mutual assault and insult.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Thu 22 Sep 2011, 10:55 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:56 AM

The Syrian, a 33-year-old clerk identified as S.M., faced the charge of assaulting and insulting the 35-year-old Egyptian, a Pubic Relation Officer identified as I.A., and his wife when the trial began in the Court of First Instance. He is also accused of assaulting his Emirati woman employer.

The employer, a 32-year-old trader, told the prosecutor that on June 8 last year she was meeting her company’s staff in Al Karama discussing some embezzlements. The duo on trial was among the staff in addition to other people and the Egyptian defendant’s wife.

The two defendants were exchanging blames for the embezzlements in which the wife took part.

When I.A.’s wife reminded S.M. about a previous talk about the embezzlements, the latter admitted that he embezzled money from the company. Then he verbally abused I.A. and his wife. He also slapped and punched her. The two men then got engaged in a physical fight which the others tried to stop. The trader added that the Syrian hit her with an ashtray on her head following which she collapsed and lost consciousness. She woke up shortly later and found I.A. also lying down with an injured leg.

An Emirati policeman, who is engaged to the trader’s sister and witnessed the assault, confirmed her statement during the investigation. He said that on the same day, he gave a statement on the incident at Al Raffa police station.

I.A.’s wife, who works as a clerk, said that her husband had to undergo a surgery following the assault. According to I.A., the incident happened in the trader’s flat where they were meeting. He and his wife reminded S.M., that he once collected Dh7,250 from a tenant and signed on the receipt bond but later alleged that he handed the sum to I.A., which was untrue. And that led to the verbal brawl which evolved into a physical fight.

A forensic report from the General Department of Criminal Evidence said that I.A. was left with a permanent injury in his leg, a disability of 5 per cent.


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