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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Massage card man who hit arresting policeman on face with rock is jailed

Nigerian and friend who helped him escape get six months in jail each after fiercely resisting arrest when approached by police.

A man who hit a policeman with a rock with one hand already cuffed then escaped will spend six months in jail.

The 25-year-old Nigerian and his countryman, 26, were both convicted on Wednesday of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

The pair were among a number of men targeted by police for distributing massage cards around Al Nahda.

On May 13 a police team was patrolling the area looking for men distributing the cards offering illicit services.

“I was among the team and saw the defendant placing cards on vehicles, so I approached him and showed him my military ID,” said the 23-year-old officer.

The defendant tried to escape but the officer caught him and placed the cuffs on one hand but failed to cuff the other, as the man resisted him fiercely.

“He was screaming and resisting hard, then a number of his countrymen arrived to help him and it was then when he hit me with a rock on my face, leg and punched me on the stomach,” said the officer, adding that the defendant and another man assaulted him while the others helped free the man.

“We immediately reported it to the operations room then I was taken to hospital,” the officer added.

Both defendants were arrested three days later and were charged with physical assault on a police officer, which the 25-year-old denied in court earlier this month.

“I was not aware he was a police officer, he didn’t show me no ID,” said the defendant while his co-accused admitted his part in the offence.

Both will be deported after serving six months in jail each.