x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE expats jailed for Dubai nightclub brawl

Two British expats who got into a fight at a nightclub have been sentenced to three months in prison.

DUBAI // Two British expatriates who fought in a nightclub have been sentenced to three months in prison.

ME, 46, punched his compatriot CD, 48, in the jaw after the older man put his arm around his friend's wife while they were at a nightclub in the Ramee Rose Hotel on September 17, 2011.

"I ignored his looks but shortly afterwards he came up from behind me and stuck his body to mine before stretching his arm around my left shoulder nearly touching my breast," recalled the wife, 45.

She said her husband asked the man to leave her alone but he refused and started shouting at him.

The couple's friend ME then stepped in and punched the man.

The blow was so hard it fractured his jaw and left him permanently unable to open his mouth fully. He was also left with a permanent sinus infection as a result of the fight.

The Criminal Court found the younger man guilty of physical assault and the older man guilty of sexual assault.

Both will be deported after completing their jail terms. However the sentence remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

salamir@thenational.ae