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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Security guard sentenced to jail for causing eye injury in brawl over sunglasses  

Man caused 25 per cent disability to colleague in dispute over ownership of found item

A hotel security guard who caused severe damage to his colleague's eye during a fight over a pair of sunglasses has been sentenced to six months in jail by Dubai Criminal Court.

On October 4, 2015, at nearly 1am, the Ethiopian defendant, 38, argued with an Algerian colleague about a pair of sunglasses they had found and who they belonged to.

The defendant then punched his colleague in the face, injuring his left eye and fracturing his nose.

The Algerian, who works as a hairdresser in the same hotel, said: “We argued whether [the sunglasses] belonged to another colleague at the hotel or not. Then suddenly he punched me on the face and tried to choke me.”

He said other colleagues drove him to the hospital where he reported the incident to police.

A medical report showed that the man was left with a permanent disability in his left eye, which was estimated at 25 per cent, and that the man now suffers from double vision.

The accused was later arrested and, in court last month, denied a charge of physical assault that caused a permanent disability.

It is not clear why the case took three years to reach court.

The Ethiopian man will be deported after serving his term.