Crime and Courts

Two expats jailed for spitting on Dubai cop, assaulting him

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on October 28, 2020
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The case was registered at Al Barsha police station.

Two expats have each been sentenced to six months in jail in Dubai after they were found guilty of assaulting a police officer and verbally abusing him.

The Court of First Instance earlier heard how a 38-year-old British woman, a manager, and a 34-year-old Iraqi employee treated the on-duty police officer in contempt; The woman yelled and spat on him while the man told him that if “it weren’t for his uniform, he would have mopped the floor with him”. The man also threatened that he would get the officer sacked from the job as he knew VVIPs.

The case was registered at Al Barsha police station.

Both the defendants will be deported at the end of their jail terms, as per the court ruling. They were detained.

A police sergeant said that he was on patrol duty around 3.30am on June 12 when he received a report about a "disturbance" incident in Palm Jumeirah.

“The watchman told me the problem is at the fourth floor. The woman accused opened for us and she verbally abused me. She spat on my face and was about to shut the door after I told her to calm down.”

The other accused then came from inside asking me about the public prosecution warrant. “He then said he would get me sacked from the job and that he worked for VVIPs.”

The sergeant told the investigator that both of the defendants were drunk at the time.

The sergeant’s colleague, who was with him on patrol duty then, corroborated his statement during the public prosecution investigation.

The watchman, a Filipino, said that he called the police over loud music and noise at the defendants’ flat. “I had asked them repeatedly to reduce the music volume but to no avail. When the police officers knocked on the door, the woman started yelling.”

The male accused has a criminal record.

The ruling has been appealed.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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