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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Woman, 73, and her daughter are jailed for assaulting a Dubai police officer

The woman screamed at the officer - who was there to arrest her son on drug charges - and slapped him

A 73-year-old woman was sentenced to five years in jail for attacking a police officer who arrived at her villa to arrest her son on drug charges.

Dubai Criminal Court also convicted the woman’s daughter, 38, and sentenced her to three years in jail. Her second daughter, 31, was found not guilty of all charges on Sunday.

The police officer told prosecutors that he went to the woman’s villa to arrest her son after being tipped off that he was using drugs.

“When we knocked on the door of her Al Barsha home on November 14, 2015, his sister, who answered, asked us to wait until she and the other women in the house were properly dressed,” said an anti-narcotics police officer, 26.

He said that as he and his fellow police officers waited at the door, the old Emirati woman opened it and attacked him.

“She screamed at me then slapped me on the face,” said the officer. He said the woman’s daughters started insulting him and one of them pushed him.

The officer said the women were attempting to give the son an opportunity to escape.

“But the arrest team apprehended him, then one of his sisters said she will claim we barged into the house without permission and that they were not dressed properly,” he said.

In February, the mother attended court in a wheelchair and her lawyer said she is hard of hearing. The mother and her daughters - aged 38 and 31 - denied charges of assault and issuing insults.

The mother and daughter who were convicted, were also fined Dh20,000 each.