Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 May 2019

Etisalat worker loses eye after brutal attack by three brothers

Siblings jailed after inflicting life-changing injuries to driver

An Etisalat worker lost an eye in a savage attack by three brothers in Dubai.

The Pakistani driver suffered life-changing injuries after being 'brutalised' by the three men at their villa.

Dubai Criminal court heard that the 30-year-old had entered the trio's home in order to talk to three of his colleagues who were carrying out work at the villa when he was set upon.

The Emirati siblings, one aged 25 and two aged 33, were jailed for six months each for the horrific assault on August 5 of last year.

The court was told that the driver had been waiting for Etisalat technicians to finish installing surveillance cameras at the property when he entered the home to let them know he would be going to a nearby mosque.

“It was time for Al Isha prayers and I wanted to let them know that I will be going to a nearby mosque,” said the driver.

He tried to call one of the technicians but discovered he didn’t have credit in his mobile.

As the door to the villa had been left open, he walked in and called for them but they didn’t hear him.

One of the brothers then arrived and repeatedly slapped the driver, before his siblings joined in the assault.

“I was on the ground and they were kicking and hitting me. I received a blow to the head with a solid object, I tried to crawl outside but one of them dragged me back in,” he said.

The driver's colleagues were removed from the house when they tried to intervene.

The technicians called their supervisor and informed him of the incident.

Police were then contacted and arrived to find the victim on the ground next to his vehicle.

“He was brutalised, his face was all swollen and most of his severe injuries were in the head area,” said a first lieutenant at Dubai Police, who called for an ambulance.

The driver was in a coma for seven days at Rashid Hospital after the attack.

When he regained consciousness he was told by doctors that his left eye could not be saved.

The three brothers were convicted of physical assault.

Updated: January 16, 2019 03:38 PM

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