Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 July 2019

Driver accused of road rage attack after Dubai car park row

Emirati man assaulted female motorist for driving in the wrong direction, court hears

An enraged motorist attacked a fellow driver who was travelling the wrong way in a Dubai mall, a court heard.

The man allegedly saw red when the Lebanese woman, 41, drove towards the line of traffic in the car park of City Centre Mirdif.

After realising her error she tried to correct course, only to find the irate driver's vehicle blocking her path.

“I didn’t realise I was going against the direction of traffic until it was too late,” she said

“He was honking his horn aggressively, which made me tense.”

She said the Emirati man, 43, hurled abuse before assaulting her.

“He got out of his car and attacked me. He then tore my shirt open and hit me, twisting my hand,” she said.

The man then got in her car and drove it out of the way of traffic, she said.

“I tried to tell him to stay away from my car because it is owned by my employer, but he didn’t listen,” she said.

Dubai Criminal Court was told the man drove off in his own vehicle before police arrived.

The woman suffered a fractured wrist, leaving her with a permanent disability.

“I was sacked from my job afterwards because I couldn’t function properly,” she said in court records.

The accused denied charges of physical assault and issuing insults.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on August 30 of last year.

The victim asked for the defendant to face a further charge of sexual assault after he ripped open her shirt.

The case was adjourned until July 28.

Updated: July 7, 2019 03:11 PM

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