x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Feuding Dubai gangs jailed over sword fight

An ongoing feud between rival gangs may have been ended by the courts this morning when four men were sentenced to prison and another two to prison followed by deportation.

DUBAI // An ongoing feud between rival gangs may have been ended by the courts this morning when four men were sentenced to prison and another two to prison followed by deportation.

Two brothers AE, 31, and WE, 36 - holders of Comoros Islands passports - were sentenced to a year in prison each to be followed by deportation. Emiratis AH, 26, and EM, 22, were also given a year in prison while MD, 20, and WH, 19 were sentenced to six months each.

They were found guilty of assaulting 21-year-old Emirati ME on April 19 last year, leaving him with a 5 per cent disability. ME and his friends retaliated on June 29, killing the brother of AE and WE by running him over with their car.

Records did not show the reason behind the attack, but said the gang of six had attacked ME on the evening of April 19 with "cleavers, swords and knives".

The disability was caused by a blow to ME's knee by AH.

salamir@thenational.ae