x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Man pulled knife on police, court told

An absconding worker threatened police with a knife, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A routine identity check turned into an assault when a man raised a knife at a police officer and knocked his gun from his hand, a court has heard.

KH, 25, from Vietnam, denied the charges at the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours. Prosecutors claimed he attacked two police officers, JH, 22, an Emirati, and HA, 21, from Yemen, both based at Al Rashidiya police station.

About 3am on April 26, JH spotted KH walking and stopped him for an identity check, prosecutors said. The officers checked his bag and found it filled with electric wires. KH presented his ID and while JH was on the radio with the operations room, KH ran away and HA gave chase.

"I ran after him, but I soon lost his track in the dark," JH said.

HA testified that he caught KH after a long chase, next to a building under construction. "I followed him to the building but he drew a knife on me," HA said.

HA drew his gun and pushed the man to the floor to restrain him. But prosecutors said KH resisted, knocking the gun free. They said KH injured both hands, a foot and his neck.

"I was afraid that he would grab the gun and use it," said HA, who found the gun in the dark and tried to resume chasing KH. HA then went to Rashid Hospital for treatment.

The next hearing will be on August 10.