x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Man paralysed after being thrown off balcony in Dubai revenge attack

Victim claims he was beaten and thrown off a balcony by the friend of someone he had reported to police as a human trafficker.

DUBAI // A man was thrown off a third-floor balcony as revenge for reporting a human trafficker, a court heard on Tuesday.

K K, 30, who holds a Comoros Islands passport, was lured to an apartment in Al Rafaa, pepper-sprayed and beaten with a wooden bar before being thrown off the balcony.

The fall left him paralysed, the Criminal Court was told.

He claims the attack was carried out by Bangladeshi M A, 41, the friend of someone the victim had reported to police for human trafficking.

The Bangladeshi contacted the victim and asked to meet him at the apartment.

“I thought that he had a problem with someone from my nationality as I often receive such requests and help the callers solve their problems, so I went to see him,” said the victim.

He said when he arrived and went inside the apartment, three Bangladeshis assaulted him.

“I managed to cut loose but when I tried to leave the flat I found the door was locked,” the victim said.

He said four more men, including the accused, came out of the bathroom and pepper-sprayed him before beating him with a wooden bar.

“I fainted. When I woke up at hospital I was told I had been thrown from the flat’s balcony and that I was paralysed as a result,” he said.

Police investigations led them to the accused in Hor Al Anz. His landlord S S, from India, said he “often brought women to the apartment to work in prostitution and I always told him to stop but he didn’t”.

The defendant did not appear at the Criminal Court to face a charge of attempted murder. A verdict is expected on October 29.

salamir@thenational.ae