x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Drunken British tourist who attacked Dubai guard loses appeal against jail sentence

A British tourist who drunkenly attacked a security guard at the Irish Village loses his appeal against his month-long prison sentence.

DUBAI // A British tourist who drunkenly attacked a security guard at the Irish Village has lost his appeal against a month-long prison sentence.

LK, 24, assaulted the security guard MY, 27, a Palestinian, after a heavy drinking session with friends on July 13 last year.

"He tried to punch me with his fist, then when he failed he kicked me," recalled the security guard. "He said to me: I will find you and come to smash your face you son of a bitch."

When the security guard's colleague tried to interfere the tourist flashed his middle finger at them.

The colleague said that the tourist and his friends had been making a mess at the bar and he asked the tourist to leave after other customers complained he was annoying and harassing them.

"When we spoke to him, we asked him to leave, and he suddenly attacked," recalled the colleague.

The tourist was initially charged with assault, insults, committing an indecent act in public and with consuming alcohol illegally. He waived his rights regarding assault and insult and the charges were dropped.

At his original trial at the Misdemeanours Court he admitted drinking alcohol illegally, but denied committing an indecent act in public. However, he was found guilty of both and sentenced to a month in prison to be followed by deportation. He was also fined Dh1,000.

He appealed, but both the Appeals Court and the Cassation Court upheld the sentence. Yesterday's decision by the Cassation Court is final.