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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Jobless man sentenced to six months in jail after baseball bat attack in Dubai

The Emirati defendant, 24, was not present in court in December to enter a plea against a physical assault charge

An Emirati who attacked a 22-year-old Pakistani with a baseball bat in revenge for a fight that happened three years earlier will spend six months in jail.

The jobless attacker was with a number of men on October 3, 2015 when he saw the would-be victim in Al Mamzar.

The Pakistani told Dubai Criminal Court: “I was waiting for my friends then I saw him. I remembered him immediately because we had a fight three years before the day he attacked me.”

The Emirati then assaulted the Pakistani with the bat, while the attacker’s friends also joined in the beating using their fists and legs.

“I fainted and only woke up at the hospital afterwards,” said the victim, who was left with a 10 per cent permanent disability in his jaw, according to the medical report.

The victim’s brother, who witnessed the assault and tried to break it up, called police.

A police patrol arrived shortly afterwards and managed to arrest the attacker, though the rest escaped.

The Emirati defendant, 24, was not present in court in December to enter a plea against a physical assault charge. However, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday.