Dubai worker jailed for stabbing colleague during fight

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on October 25, 2020


He was found guilty of an attempted murder charge

A 29-year-old worker, who tried to kill a colleague by stabbing him, has been sentenced to six months in jail by the Dubai Court of First Instance. The court found the Bangladeshi worker guilty of an attempted murder charge and ordered his deportation at the end of his jail term.

According to court documents, the defendant stabbed the victim in the side of his abdomen, leaving him with serious injuries that could have been fatal. The latter was rushed to hospital and underwent a life-saving surgery.

The case was registered on January 22 at Al Rashidiya police station.

A 40-year-old Pakistani man said during the investigation that he witnessed the two men (the accused and the victim) assaulting each other on the incident day. "It was about 7.30am in Ras Al Khor. I spotted the defendant hiding beneath the stairs of a building and then the victim went to talk to him. The two then had a verbal altercation, which soon evolved into a physical fight. They pushed and slapped each other."

The witness said both of them then hit each other with a broom. "I saw the defendant brandishing a knife. He bled from his nose after he was hit with the broom on the head. A crowd of workers stepped in and tried to restrain him and take the knife from his hand."

The witness spotted the defendant placing the knife on a surface and fleeing the place. "When I got near the scene where the fight had been going on, I saw the victim bleeding profusely. He told me that the defendant had just stabbed him."

Security guards restrained the accused and handed him over to the police officers. The victim was rushed to the hospital.

The forensic report showed that the victim’s injury could have turned fatal had it not been for the urgent medical intervention. The examining doctor recommended that the victim be seen again to evaluate whether he sustained a permanent disability.

During the police interrogation, the defendant admitted to having stabbed the victim in the abdomen with a knife. He also confessed during the investigation by the public prosecution.

The defendant can appeal the ruling within 15 days.


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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