x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Man stabbed labourer for insulting sister, hears Dubai court

A man plunged his knife into a labourer's arm outside a mall in Al Quoz allegedly because his sister was insulted.

DUBAI // A man stabbed a labourer because he had insulted his sister, a court heard yesterday.

AB, 21, an Emirati, plunged his knife into the labourer’s arm outside Al Khail Mall in Al Quoz on November 16 last year, prosecutors told the Criminal Court.

“He asked me for money but I refused then he pulled out a knife from his pocket and stabbed me,” recalled the labourer AM, 32, from Bangladesh.

The Emirati ran away while a friend of the labourer took him to hospital.

Police arrested the Emirati later that evening. Officers said he confessed.

“He said he bought the knife from Al Khail mall and stabbed the victim because he had insulted his sister,” testified police officer AH, 38. He added that the Emirati claimed to have been assaulted by eight of the labourer’s friends.

However, in court the Emirati, who is unemployed, denied a charge of assault.

A verdict is expected on October 31.

salamir@thenational.ae