Five women detainees 
get suspended jail
terms for rioting

DUBAI — Each of the five women inmates, who had been on trial on the charges of rioting, received a suspended jail term of three months 
on Monday.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Wed 15 Dec 2010, 11:50 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:55 PM

The Court of First Instance suspended the execution of the jail sentence of the five inmates, including three Nigerians, a British (of Nigerian descent) and an Indian, for three years.

The four Nigerian defendants — all in their forties — beat the Indian fellow inmate up at the women’s prison at the Penitentiary and Reformatory Establishments and caused the latter a permanent disability of 5 per cent. The Indian inmate was accused of assaulting one of the Nigerians by slapping her on the face.

According to court records, the incident happened on September 18 last year when the 33-year-old Indian inmate was waiting in queue for her turn to use the prison phone. When her turn finally came, the main Nigerian defendant stepped in front of her and was about to use the phone before her.

They engaged in a verbal brawl which became a physical scuffle.

The Nigerian grabbed the Indian inmate by her neck and the latter slapped her to move her away.

Then the Nigerian pulled her hair and made her fall down. The other defendants joined in and all beat her up on different parts of her body. They kicked mainly her left leg, which got broken in the fight.

Then, other inmates got hold of the defendants to stop them from beating the Indian. Policewomen took the Nigerians to another cell while the Indian was taken to the prison clinic and later to Rashid Hospital.

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