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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Man cleared of assaulting roommate with screwdriver

The alleged victim told the court that his roommate hit him in the face then stole money from under his pillow

A man accused of assaulting his sleeping roommate with a screw driver was cleared of all charges on Thursday by Dubai Criminal Court.

The Egyptian roommate told the court that on April 1, the 18-year-old accused hit him in the face with a screwdriver then stole Dh1,500 from under his pillow in their flat in Al Muraqqabat.

He said he saw the Algerian defendant running out of his room.

“Shortly after, I checked under my pillow where I hid Dh1500 before I slept but I didn’t find it,” he said.

The roommate said they argued days before because the defendant had allegedly made a lot of noise while the Egyptian man was sleeping.

Police arrested the man as he tried to board a flight from Dubai International Airport and referred him to court. He was cleared of charges of assault and theft on Thursday.

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