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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 15 October 2018

Drunken British tourist headbutted two police officers in Dubai, court told

Man was so intoxicated he can't remember attack, Dubai Criminal Court hears

A British tourist headbutted two police officers after being arrested in Dubai - but was so drunk he couldn't recall the attack, a court heard.

Police had been called to Jumeirah Beach Residence in the city to deal with reports of a drunken man causing a disturbance at about 3am on May 3.

Officers arrested the 26-year-old man and transported him to Al Barsha Police Station after finding him in an intoxicated state, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

“We were the closest police patrol to the location, at nearly 3am that day and were tasked by the operations room to head to the place near Mövenpick hotel and investigate the incident,” said the Emirati officer, 23.

“It was clear he was not normal, when we drew closer we could smell alcohol on him, so after identifying ourselves, we had to take him to Al Barsha police station,” said the officer.

The defendant was not cooperating with police and had to be handcuffed.

As the police patrol arrived at the station, court records state the accused headbutted the first officer as he stepped out of the vehicle, injuring his nose.

He then headbutted the second officer before being restrained.

Both officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The accused admitted consuming alcohol during police questioning but said that he does not recall his actions at the time due to his level of intoxication.

He was not present in court to enter a plea. A verdict will be issued on July 25.