Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 25 May 2019

Man who beat up woman at Global Village is jailed

The man will spend three years in jail before being deported for assaulting and threatening the woman publicly

A man who beat a woman at Global Village and threatened to slaughter her, calling her a witch will spend three years in jail.

On December 21, the 37-year-old Palestinian man attacked the Jordanian woman near the Kuwait pavilion, where she owns a shop. He hit her in the face before throwing her onto the ground and tried to choke her.

Records showed that the 47-year-old woman, who is an investor, had arrived at the shop when the accused entered from the back door and attacked her.

“He was screaming, saying I should repent because I was a witch and that he must slit my throat, then choked me so hard as he repeated ‘you must die’,” the woman told prosecutors.

She said he threatened to kill her in front of visitors and police officers who arrested the man after being contacted by her shop employee.

The man said he attacked her because she had stolen all his customers and his Abaya designs but the woman did not say what the reason for the attack could have been.

She told the court that since the incident, which left her with numbness on one side of her face, she has become paranoid, is unable to sleep and is seriously considering leaving the country.

“He was saying that he won’t be taken to jail and if he was, it won’t be for long and once he is out, he will come get me, so I'm just terrified that he will do so,” she said.

A policeman said that, during questioning at the police station in Global Village, the man admitted he had been planning to attack the woman.

“He said he even threatened to kill her if she did not drop charges against him in this case just before he was taken into custody,” said the Emirati officer, 25.

The man was charged with three counts of issuing death threats and with physical assault.

He will be deported after serving his prison term.

Updated: March 13, 2018 05:16 PM