Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 November 2019

British man knocked out after Dubai hotel attack, court hears

The businessman said he was set upon in the toilets of Five Palm Jumeirah by three men

A British man was attacked in the toilets of Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Criminal Court heard. Leslie Pableo for The National
A British man was attacked in the toilets of Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Criminal Court heard. Leslie Pableo for The National

A British businessman was knocked out during an unprovoked attack in the toilets of a five-star Dubai hotel, a court heard.

The 38-year-old said he was punched in the back of the head while washing his hands in the restroom of Five Palm Jumeirah at about midnight on March 29 of this year.

He said he was assaulted again by the assailant and two other men who blocked the door as he tried to exit the restroom.

The man lost a tooth and suffered a bloody nose in the assault, court records stated.

“I was washing my hands but, with the place being small, I asked a man to move a side a little. Surprisingly, he punched me on the back of my head, knocking me out,” said the British man.

Police were called to the scene and found all four men under the influence of alcohol.

The three accused, two Somali men aged 23 and 26, and a 28-year-old Sudanese man, accused the British man of assaulting them during questioning.

A medical reported stated the British man suffered a nasal septum deviation, as well as losing a tooth in the incident.

All four men were referred to court on charges of assault and consuming alcohol without a licence.

The two Somali men and the Sudanese co-defendant denied assault but admitting the alcohol charge.

The British man was not asked to enter pleas during the hearing at Dubai Criminal Court on Tuesday.

The case was adjourned until October 8.

Updated: September 24, 2019 02:41 PM

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