x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Man ‘assaulted former wife while trying to meet daughter’, Dubai court told

Man accused of assaulting his ex-wife claims the accusations were made-up as part of a custody battle over their daughter.

DUBAI // A man assaulted his former wife after demanding she hand over their daughter, a court heard.

Palestinian W N, 43, banged on the door of his mother-in-law’s house in Mirdif then pushed over his former wife S M, 35, when she answered, prosecutors said.

“I thought the door was about to fall down and as I opened it there he was demanding that I hand over our daughter,” the ex-wife said.

“When I told him she was not at the house, he pushed me on the chest and I fell to the floor, then he insulted me.”

She stood up and pushed him outside before locking the door and calling the police.

She told the court her former husband had often beaten her during their marriage and that she had filed several police reports.

He said he went to the house to check on his daughter because he had called her mobile and it had been switched off.

“The maid opened the door and told me my daughter was not there, so I went back to my car,” he said. “But before I drove away, my ex-wife came out of the house and started showering me with insults and threatening me, telling me never to come back again.”

He said his wife made up the assault allegation to win custody of their daughter, an only child.

The attack was at about 6.30pm on June 21 this year, prosecutors told the Misdemeanours Court.

The husband denied charges of assault and making insults.

A medical exam found five bruises on the woman’s chest.

The case was adjourned to December 16.

salamir@thenational.ae