Prisoner assaults Dubai cop, rubs pepper in his eyes

Prisoner assaults Dubai cop, rubs pepper in his eyes

Dubai - The officer was kicked all over his body and the inmates tried to force him inside the detention.



by

Marie Nammour

Published: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 4:44 PM

Last updated: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 6:49 PM

An inmate has been charged at a Dubai court with physically assaulting an on-duty police officer and rubbing pepper in his eyes to stop him from returning him to his cell.
The Dubai Court of First Instance heard that the incident happened on July 1 at Al Barsha detention centre when the 43-year-old Emirati man behaved aggressively towards the police officer, kicked him and pushed him while resisting being taken back inside his cell. He also rubbed pepper in his eyes.
The public prosecution records did not say on what charge the defendant was detained there.
An assault case has been dismissed against another detainee.
During the prosecution investigation, the police officer said he was on duty at 4.30am at Al Barsha detention centre.
"My colleague took out two inmates from their cells as they were in charge of receiving the meals and checking whether those are enough for the detainees."
The officer recounted how a corporal opened the door for the two inmates to go back to their cells and then went to check the other ones. "At that moment, one of them talked to me to distract me while the other - the defendant - who was standing behind me, took me by surprise as he rubbed two jalapeno peppers in my eyes, which made me lose sight temporarily."
The officer was then kicked all over his body and the inmates tried to force him inside the detention. "I screamed for my colleague to come. The corporal stopped the detainees from further assaulting me," he recalled in front of the prosecutor.
He went to wash his eyes and when he walked out of the washroom, he saw the defendant in front of him. "I was then surprised that the corporal was locked up inside an office. But we brought the defendant under control and took the corporal out of the office."
The detainee will be sentenced on September 24.
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