Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 May 2019

Brawl over sunglasses leaves man with permanent eye damage

Dubai Criminal Court was told security guards argued over a pair of sunglasses

A hotel security guard caused severe damage to his colleague's eye during a fight over a pair of sunglasses, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

Prosecutors said that three years ago on October 4 at nearly 1am, the two men argued about a pair of sunglasses they had found.

It was then that the Ethiopian defendant, 38, is said to have punched his Algerian colleague in the face injuring his left eye and fracturing his nose

“We argued whether it belonged to another colleague at the hotel or not, then suddenly he punched me on the face and tried to choke me,” said the alleged victim, an Algerian who works as a hairdresser.

He said other colleagues drove him to hospital where he reported the incident to police.

A medical report showed that the man was left with permanent disability in his left eye, estimated at 25 per cent. The report said the man’s wounds have healed but his vision has been greatly affected in the left eye as he now suffers from double vision.

The accused was later arrested and, in court, denied a charge of physical assault that caused permanent disability.

It is not clear why the case took two years to reach court.

The accused will receive his verdict on February 20.

Updated: February 3, 2018 04:17 PM