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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Man who assaulted roommate while drunk is jailed

The man told the court he could not remember attacking the man but was told what he did when he sobered up

A supervisor who assaulted his roommate with a chair and chopped part of his finger off will spend three months in jail.

On August 4, the Sudanese victim, 37, woke up to the sound of loud music.

“It was late and I was exhausted from driving my taxi all day long. He didn't care. He was listening to music on his phone and it was loud. I told him to turn the music off, after which he left the room and I thought it was over,” the driver said.

But moments later, the 56-year-old defendant returned to the room carrying a broken chair and began hitting the man with it.

The victim shielded his head with his arms which resulted in the tip of one of his fingers being severed.

“He suddenly stopped and walked out of the room so I locked the door, but he returned and started banging on the door. At that point, I called police," said the driver.

Police arrested the accused, from India, who was drunk at the time and therefore did not give a testimony.

During prosecution questioning, he admitted to charges of physical assault and consuming alcohol without a license.

In court this month, he said he couldn’t remember the incident or any of the details.

“I don't recall the incident but I was informed of what I did when I was sober,” he said in court.

A medical report showed that the Sudanese driver had been left with a minor permanent disability.

The defendant was fined Dh1,000 for drinking alcohol without a license and he will be deported after serving his three-month-jail term for a physical assault conviction.