Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 24 May 2019

Driver accused of prompting colleague's heart attack has acquittal upheld

Medical reports that the deceased's heart condition meant he could have died at any moment

A sewage tanker driver who was cleared of causing the death of his colleague has had his acquittal upheld.

The Pakistani driver, 30, was accused of killing his countryman by aggravating his heart condition after the two fought in the car park of the sewage treatment plant, where they work, in Al Faqa, Dubai.

According to court records, the deceased called another colleague after the fight to tell him he was having difficulty breathing. His colleague called paramedics and the man was taken to hospital, where he died.

The driver was arrested after the deceased’s body showed signs of a physical fight.

A medical report also showed that the deceased had undergone several heart surgeries and deemed that his condition meant he could have died at any moment.

Dubai Criminal Court acquitted the accused of all charges but prosecutors appealed, seeking a conviction.

They said the fight subjected the deceased to physical and psychological pressure which caused him a fatal heart attack.

On Wednesday, Dubai Court of Appeal upheld the accused’s acquittal.


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