Two get jail for assaulting driver

DUBAI - The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance has sentenced two UAE nationals, both in their early 20s, to one-year jail after finding them guilty of physically assaulting, leading to permanent disability, and endangering the lives of motorists.

By Mary Nammour (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Mon 12 May 2008, 7:40 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:06 PM

The court has referred the civil case to the competent court where the plaintiff is claiming compensation.

The case pertains to a road rage incident on May 6 last year. The 29-year-old Emirati victim, S.M, 29, testified in the court that while heading home when he was at Al Maktoum Bridge at around 2.30am, driving at a speed of nearly 100km/h, he noticed the car of the defendants running ahead. Their car, in the fast lane, was at a slower speed than his, he told the court.

When he flashed the headlights, the driver, F.A, suddenly applied the brakes in a reckless way. He, however, somehow managed to avoid hitting him. After this, he began overtaking him, sometimes from the right and sometimes from the left.

As they crossed the Bur Dubai police station, A.B, who was sitting next to the driver, hit the victim's car with a metallic object. After this, the victim stopped his car and stepped out of it, the court was told.

The victim then testified: "When I got near their car, A.B punched me on my face, ears and other parts of my body. Both of them also hurled abuses at me..."

Apart from suffering a 5 per cent permanent disability, S.M also suffered damage to his car costing him more than Dh8,244.`

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