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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Driver who bit off part of man's pinky finger is jailed

The two men fought after the victim told the driver not to open the car door while it was in motion 

A forklift truck driver who bit off part of a man’s finger during a fight will spend three months in jail.

On June 15, the 47-year-old Syrian victim called his brother, who worked for a forklift company, to hire a driver for a job.

His brother, the 30-year-old defendant and a Pakistani employee arrived to the job location in Al Wasl when the victim was told the defendant kept opening the car door while it was in motion.

“I spoke to him and asked him why he was opening the door of a moving vehicle, he said it was hot and the A/C was broken. I told him that it was dangerous and I asked him to return and sit in the car,” said the Syrian.

His brother and the Pakistani employee who was in the car said that the defendant became angry when he was asked to return to the car.

“He refused to go to the car then jumped on my brother suddenly and punched him on the face. When my brother tried to defend himself and push him away, he [the defendant] grabbed his hand then bit him on his pinky finger,” said the 44-year-old brother.

The brother said he and the Pakistani employee tried to pull at the man off his brother but he kept biting him until a part of the Syrian’s finger fell off.

The man was rushed to hospital by his brother, who called police on the way.

A medical report said the Syrian was left with 2 per cent permanent disability after losing part of his finger.

The defendant denied a physical assault charge at Dubai Criminal Court on Wednesday.

“The two brothers attacked me and choked me so hard I nearly died, so I was defending myself,” he told judges.

He was convicted and will be deported after serving his term.