x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Hotel cleaner 'stabbed co-worker with knife'

DUBAI // A restaurant cleaner has been accused of stabbing a co-worker with a shawarma knife in a row over whose turn it was to clean the dumbwaiter.

SM, a 29-year-old Indian, slashed BF, a 28-year-old Filipino, the Dubai Misdemeanours Court heard yesterday.

The pair had been living and working together at the Layali Shiraz Iranian restaurant in Deira since 2010.

The restaurant's Bangladeshi sous chef, MS, 30, told prosecutors that an argument broke out between the men at noon on June 17 last year.

"BF told SM to clean the lift that carries the food between floors and SM refused," he said. "We then heard them start screaming at each other but we cooled them down and split them apart and they went on with their duties."

At 4.30pm on the same day, BF was cleaning the floors when he sloshed water on SM's feet. BF told prosecutors that SM became angry.

"He picked up a plate and said he would break it over my head but it fell and broke on the floor," he said. "He then started screaming insults at me in his language, which I understood to mean 'little boy', before he grabbed the knife and attacked me."

SM denies assault leading to injury. The case was adjourned until January 29, when SM's defence will be presented.

amustafa@thenational.ae