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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Market worker who stabbed colleague in the heart spared punishment for Ramadan

The victim had to undergo emergency surgery in Dubai

A Dubai vegetable and fruit market worker who stabbed his colleague in the chest during a row over a loading cart has been spared punishment in the spirit of Ramadan.

Dubai Criminal Court dismissed the case after the victim forgave his attacker and dropped charges against him.

The incident happened on January 16 when a 24-year-old Pakistani man was loading products onto a cart to move them into the shop where he worked. He was approached by the defendant, 21, who was screaming.

“He was saying that the cart was his. I told him it was not and resumed my work,” the man said in court records.

He said the defendant, also from Pakistan, then appeared holding a kitchen knife while ordering him to return the cart, which he did not do, and instead placed his foot on the cart and continued working.

“He pushed me and we both started fighting,” he said.

A number of nearby workers helped break up the fight. The men noticed his bloodied shirt as he fell down and called police and an ambulance.

A Pakistani driver, 22, told the court he was at the market when he heard screams.

“I looked up and saw two men fighting. I hadn't seen a knife at all, but I rushed there to break up the fight along with other workers.

"We separated the two men, then the victim fell to the ground. I saw blood on his shirt but didn't know why or that he had been stabbed,” the driver said.

The injured man was taken to Rashid Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The attacker was arrested.

A medical report showed that a knife had pierced the man’s right ventricle and immediate surgery had been required to save his life.

The defendant denied a charge of attempted murder, saying he was using the knife as part of his work and he did not intend to stab his colleague with it.

The victim approached authorities during Ramadan and dropped the charges, and the man has now been spared punishment.