x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Men who assaulted Dubai tenant over brothel complaint jailed

Two men who assaulted a 68-year-old man trying to stop them from marketing their prostitution business near his building are sentenced to three months in prison.

DUBAI // Two men who assaulted a 68-year-old when he tried to stop them marketing their prostitution business outside his home, were today sentenced to three months in prison each.

The Syrian GA was in front of his apartment building in Fareej Eyal Nasser when he saw the Bangladeshi defendants SA, 22 and AD, 24, trying to tempt clients.

"They often caused problems for the building's tenants, they offer sex services to passers-by and most of their customers would be drunk," said the Syrian.

When he asked them to move on, they refused. When he insisted one of them punched him in the face and another swung a metal bar at him. The Syrian deflected the blow with his hand, which was left permanently damaged. A medical report referred to the injury as a "one per cent disability".

A number of other men in the area then rushed to defend the Syrian and called police.

Both men had denied the charge when they appeared in the Criminal Court last month.

"We swear on the Quran that we did not do anything," they told the court through a translator.

salamir@thenational.ae