x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Parking ticket lands man in court

Emirati allgedly insulted an RTA employee who was writing a parking ticket.

DUBAI // A man who parked his car in a no-parking zone landed in court on charges of threatening a Roads and Transport Authority employee who was issuing him a fine.

The Dubai Court of Misdemeanours heard that HA, 32, an Emirati representative for a private company, threatened AA, a Sudanese RTA employee, and insulted him when he saw him issuing a fine on the morning of June 28 last year.

Prosecutors said that the defendant told AA she would break the RTA device on his head if he continued to write the fine. He allegedly insulted him using inappropriate words.

The defendant denied the charges and said that he only told AA that this is a country of law and that he was conversing with him regarding the fine.

AA said in records that at nearly 11.30am on the day of the incident while he was working in the Hor Al Anz area opposite Karatchi Dar Bar restaurant, he saw the Mitsubishi vehicle parked in a prohibited area.

"As I was issuing the fine, the driver of the car came and pushed me on my chest then threatened me and insulted me with inappropriate language," AA said. He added that the defendant was screaming at him loudly and many people heard him.

"I just called the police," said AA.

NA, an Emirati eyewitness, testified that he saw the defendant spitting on AA and screaming loudly at him while using foul language.

The next hearing will be on July 19.

salamir@thenational.ae