x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Men risked friend's life by bumping into his car, Dubai court hears

Emirati men deny bumping their friend's car with their Jeep.

DUBAI // A student and his unemployed friend posed a risk to the life of their friend after they repeatedly bumped the back of his car with their Jeep Wrangler, a court was told on Thursday.

The Emirati men denied charges of risking their friend's life and damaging his vehicle at the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours. Prosecutors said that on June 17 last year, at nearly 3am, the defendants, SK and AM, bumped into the vehicle of SH, who had a passenger in his car.

The passenger, a 19-year-old from the Comoros Islands, testified that the defendants bumped into their car several times.

"They did so because of the problems between them and SH," he said.

He added that he could not see the faces of the people in the Jeep.

AM, 28, denied attempting to run over SH, said there were no problems between him and the victim and added that he does not own a Jeep Wrangler.

AM, who has a criminal record of assault cases, denied being with SK, a 34-year-old student, on the night of the incident and said he was home alone.

SH, a 24-year-old unemployed Emirati, told prosecutors that the defendants were his friends but now they are his enemies.

He said that the Jeep came near his house a couple of hours before the bumping incident and tried to run him and his friend over but they ran inside the house.

"I managed to see them because they had their windows lowered," he said.

SH reported the incident to police, who arrested the defendants in their Ras Al Khaimah residence.

The next hearing will be on July 15.

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