x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Drunk 'smashed down friend's door and threatened to kill him'

A drunk man broke down the door of his friend's bedroom before cutting his throat, hears court.

DUBAI // A drunk visitor smashed the door of his friend's bedroom before assaulting him with the splinters and cutting his throat with a knife, a court has heard.

Prosecutors yesterday told the Criminal Court the Sri Lankan driver FN, 42, invited his compatriot PA, 37, who was on a visitor's visa, to stay at his house in Al Quoz where they drank until after 5am on July 1 last year.

"I went to bed and about 15 minutes later I heard the door being pounded hard," said the driver.

He said his friend broke the door then used a piece of it to attack him.

The visitor then held a knife to his throat, causing a small cut to his neck, and threatened to kill him.

The driver's wife woke up and pleaded with the visitor to stop.

AJ, a 34-year-old maid, said the guest said to her: "Don't interfere, go out. I want to kill this man."

In an ensuing fight the guest broke the driver's arm and the host fled the house, still naked.

Three passing Arab men rushed to help him, police were called and the drunken guest was arrested.

Both were charged with assault and drinking alcohol. The visitor was also charged with making threats to kill.

The driver confessed to both charges but said he fought only in self-defence.

The visitor did not appear to enter a plea, but prosecutors said he had confessed to all charges during interrogation.

A verdict is expected on October 16.

salamir@thenational.ae