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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Man 'attacks Dubai Police officer after breaking free of his handcuffs'

The 23-year-old British man also threatened to shoot the police officer and bury him, Dubai Criminal Court was told 

A man who was arrested for fighting assaulted a police officer and threatened to shoot him after he freed himself, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

At 11.30pm on August 24, the 23-year-old British man was brought into Naif police station after getting into a fight with someone. The arresting officer handcuffed him and sat him down on a chair before attending to paperwork.

“When I got back I found that he had uncuffed himself. I asked him how he did that but he didn't answer me then ripped off my uniform and punched me in the chest as he screamed that he would shoot me with his Magnum and bury me with his own hands,” said the Emirati officer, adding that the man insulted him using foul language.

Police officers restrained the defendant and handcuffed him again.

“The victim didn't say a word back at the man nor did he touch him, he acted according to procedures,” said a fellow officer.

He told the court said that the Brit attempted to provoke other officers from the moment he entered the station.

A medical report indicated the officer suffered minor injuries due to the assault.

In court on Sunday, the Brit denied charges of physical assault, issuing death threats, and insulting a police officer but he admitted to overstaying his visa.

The court will issue his verdict on October 29.

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