x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Man fined for slapping waitress at Dubai nightclub

Briton who slapped a waitress is fined Dh2,000.

DUBAI // A Briton who slapped a waitress in a Dubai nightclub was today fined Dh2,000.

HR, a 55-year-old engineer, assaulted NS, a South African, at the nightclub of the Byblos Hotel in Dubai Marina on October 28. He and his twin sons ER and MR, 22, were cleared by the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours of insulting the waitress, but fined Dh1,000 each for insulting two of the club's security guards, MA, a 31-year-old Egyptian, and AM, a 29-year-old from Nigeria.

All three men were also fined Dh1,000 each for illegally consuming alcohol.

The British father admitted drinking alcohol without a licence, but denied assaulting the waitress. He said that the security staff had tried to throw him out of the club after he pushed a man who bumped into him.

The Nigerian security guard said the waitress asked him to eject the three men after they refused to leave when she asked them to. He said that the father and sons also refused his request for them to leave.

Asked why his accusers would make up such a story, the father claimed they were trying to get money out of him.

He said he was celebrating with colleagues at the time. One of the women accompanying him said: "These are all claims, they did not insult or assault anybody."

salamir@thenational.ae