x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Woman who left her TV on high volume fined in Dubai

Prosecutors said FQ often tormented her neighbours in her high-rise apartment building on Sheikh Zayed Road by playing exceptionally loud music and keeping her television on maximum volume.

DUBAI // A woman who left her TV on high volume has been fined Dh100.

Prosecutors said FQ, 27, a marketing manager from Algeria, often tormented her neighbours in her high-rise apartment building on Sheikh Zayed Road by playing exceptionally loud music and keeping her television on maximum volume.

The constant noise became too much for her Russian neighbour SA, 41, who called the police.

The neighbour said she moved to the building in February and had been constantly disturbed before deciding to call police on March 1.

She said she met the woman once and asked politely if she would turn down the volume.

"She got angry and asked me not to speak to her again," recalled the neighbour.

"One day I thought she was having a party because the music was extremely loud. But this disturbing behaviour continued every day," complained the neighbour, who said the woman would often leave the TV on even when she was not home.

The neighbour complained to the building's management but there was no response so she called police.

Two policemen arrived and knocked repeatedly on the woman's door, but she would not answer. They said they suspected she was at home because the music kept changing, even though the volume stayed the same.

The policemen asked the building's management to cut off the power to the woman's apartment to force her out, but she still did not answer their knocks.

An official complaint was then lodged against the woman.

She claimed she was not in her flat on the day the police arrived. "I have problems with the building's management and they often turn off electricity in my place," she said.

"I always turn off my TV before I leave but maybe on that day they cut off the electricity while I was out and when it came back on the TV turned on automatically," she added.

The Misdemeanours Court found her guilty of causing disturbance.

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