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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Student accused of assaulting police officer claims he was unconscious at the time

The 23-year-old said he was in a traffic accident and in hospital so could not have commited the crime 

A 23-year-old student who is accused of assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him told the court that he was unconscious following a traffic accident at the time of the incident.

Dubai police received a report from Sharjah police on September 28 last year regarding a motorist who was driving his car recklessly, endangering people’s lives.

“We were informed that the car was heading to Dubai,” said an Emirati police lieutenant, 26. He chased the car and when it crashed, the driver allegedly ditched his vehicle and tried to climb up the wall of house in an attempt to escape arrest.

“I was in a police uniform and on duty when I chased him. As I caught up, I grabbed him but he pushed and then assaulted me,” said the lieutenant, who was referred to Rashid Hospital for injuries in his right foot.

Records show that the defendant was then arrested and found to be under the influence of drugs. His criminal record showed that he had been convicted of drug consumption in a separate case before this incident took place.

In court on Sunday morning, the defendant, who holds a Comoros Islands passport, denied charges of assaulting a police officer on duty and resisting arrest.

“Your honour, I was unconscious after my car crashed because I was not wearing my seatbelt. I woke up the next day in hospital, so how could I have assaulted him?” said the accused to Judge Fahd Al Shamsi.

A verdict is expected on April 22.

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