x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Rent-collector was stabbed eight times 'over feud', Dubai court hears

A rent-collector required life-saving surgery after being stabbed eight times by a man in a feud over their prostitution business, a court heard today.

DUBAI // A rent-collector required life-saving surgery after being stabbed eight times by a man in a feud over their prostitution business, a court heard today.

Prosecutors said that AH, a 23-year-old Pakistani, stalked the Bangladeshi MD, 42, while he was collecting rent from tenants on the morning of May 11 this year.

As the rent-collector received Dh6,000 from the tenants of two villas owned by his boss in Hor Al Anz the Pakistani ran up with a knife and stabbed him in the chin, abdomen and arms.

The rent-collector began screaming at his attacker, running around while bleeding profusely and yelling for help. His cries caught the attention of a police patrol nearby, but he fell unconscious seconds before the officers reached him. He woke up at Rashid Hospital after surgery that saved his life. He required ten days worth of hospital treatment.

His attacker was found shortly after the attack walking calmly a few blocks from where the stabbing took place. His clothes were covered in blood.

"When we saw him we drove towards him, he did not resist nor did he try to run away, he actually walked to the police car before it reached him," said the arresting officer SA, a Yemeni 49-year-old.

The officer said the man was found with a medium size knife in his possession. "When we talked to him he confessed to stabbing [the rent-collector] but said it was over a dispute regarding their business with prostitutes."

The Pakistani denied a charge of attempted murder when he appeared at the Criminal Court today.

The next hearing was scheduled for November 12.

salamir@thenational.ae