Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 August 2019

Waiter who stabbed flatmate after toilet dispute is jailed

Victim said he 'lost count' of the amount of times he was knifed during vicious assault

A waiter who launched a frenzied knife attack on his flatmate after he complained about how long he was using the toilet for has been jailed.

The 62-year-old victim said he "lost count" of the amount of times he was stabbed during the savage assault at an apartment in Al Rifaa, Dubai.

Dubai Criminal Court heard that the 30-year-old attacker had been in the communal toilet for 30 minutes when the victim knocked on the door, wanting to use the facilities himself.

The incident took place at about 2pm on September 14 of this year.

Prosecutors said the defendant had set out to kill the man.

After the injured party knocked on the door, the Indian man hurled abuse at his compatriot before leaving the washroom and grabbing a weapon.

“I thought it was over, but he opened a bedside table’s drawer, pulled out a knife and started stabbing me heinously,” said the victim.

The man was repeatedly stabbed in the left part of his body including the chest, upper arm, thigh and calf.

“He stabbed me repeatedly I lost count of how many times he did it.”

A third flatmate –an Indian supervisor, 32, intervened and dragged the defendant away, then called police.

The accused fled before emergency services arrived and rushed the victim to Rashid Hospital, where he underwent life-saving surgery.

The witness said that a heated argument broke out between the two after the victim knocked on the toilet door.

“He stepped out and insulted the victim and his mother then provocatively pulled off his belt and brandished it in front of the victim, threatening to whip him,” said the supervisor.

“He was in an abnormal condition and stabbed the victim madly.”

Police launched a hunt for the perpetrator and arrested him the following day.

The waiter denied an attempted murder charge but was convicted and sentenced to three years in jail, to be followed by deportation.

Updated: December 27, 2018 04:58 PM

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