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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Teenager has part of hand cut off after sword fight

Pair appear in court over fracas involving 17 teenagers

A teenager had part of his hand cut off while trying to fend off a sword attack near a public park, a court heard.

The Emirati victim carried the severed part of his right hand to hospital after being badly injured as he attempted to protect his face from the vicious assault, Sharjah Criminal Court was told.

A total of 17 people, all aged below 18, were involved in the mass dispute near Al Khezamiya Park, sparked by an exchange of insulting words.

The charges against some of defendants involved in the sword fight, which took place at the start of 2018, have been dropped on the request of the victim.

Two men appeared in court accused of causing permanent disability to the injured party.

A man who witnessed the fight told prosecutors: “I saw the two defendants carrying swords during the fight. However, I did not notice that the victim had some part of his hand cut off until I saw him getting in a car rushing to the hospital."

The two defendants admitted carrying a sword, but denied injuring or causing permanent disability to the victim.