x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Driver issued death threats over visa, passport, court told

He was pushing sponsor's administrative assistant to return the documents, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A driver threatened to kill his sponsor's administrative assistant if she did not cancel his residency visa and hand over his passport, a court heard this morning.

JD, 26, Ethiopian, confessed before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance that he threatened to kill HM, 38, and insulted her with inappropriate words, but denied lesser charges of calling her and disturbing her.

Prosecutors said HM, Sudanese, testified that JD's services were no longer required by the company and that she was canceling his residence visa as per her manager's directions.

JD called her last July and asked her to stall the procedures until he found another job. But after he found work, he started pushing her to to cancel the visa and hand over his passport.

When she told him the procedures would take about a week, JD is accused of threatening to kill her and insulting her.

And on the morning of July 10, she said, JD tried to attack her at the company's building while she was leaving, but she managed to get away after the securty guard helped her.

The security guard testified that he saw JD following HM, yelling, "I will show you who I am."

JD awaits a verdict on October 18.

salamir@thenational.ae