Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 30 September 2020

Man damaged room at isolation centre while undergoing quarantine, Dubai court told

The Pakistani citizen was taken to an isolation centre as he had no place to stay after arriving in the emirate

A man appeared at court accused of damaging an isolation room while in quarantine. The National
A man appeared at court accused of damaging an isolation room while in quarantine. The National

A man damaged a room at a Dubai isolation centre while undergoing quarantine, a court heard.

The Pakistani traveller arrived in the emirate in June.

He was told he would be required to self-isolate at the Al Warsan facility, in Hind Humanitarian City, in line with Covid-19 safety measures as he had no place of his own to stay.

“On June 21, we received a phone call from the security guards at the facility, that was [operated] under Dubai Health Authority, reporting the incident at building A11,” said an Emirati legal advisor at DHA.

“The building was under the supervision of Dubai police, so when I arrived at the unit and saw it had been destroyed, they were informed and arrested the defendant.”

In court, the 31-year-old salesman admitted a charge of intentionally destroying public property.

“I was sent to the apartment to self isolate after arriving from abroad because I had no place to stay,” he told Dubai Criminal Court.

He told judges he had lost control of his emotions during isolation.

“I didn’t use any tool, I used my hands only to rip off the ceiling and the wardroom,” said the man.

A verdict is due to be passed on September 28.

Updated: September 14, 2020 03:22 PM

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