Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 August 2019

Worker accused of causing roommate's death after fight

The worker shoved his roommate, who fell to the ground and died of heart failure

A drunk worker has been accused of causing his colleague’s death after the two fought and the man died of heart failure.

On January 18, the pair began to argue while in their shared worker accommodation in Al Muhaisnah. The argument turned violent when the Indian accused, 35, shoved his compatriot — whose age was not disclosed in records — and the man fell to the ground, struggling to breathe.

The reason for the argument was not disclosed in court records.

Other workers at the accommodation, who witnessed the fight, called for an ambulance and restrained the accused until police arrived.

“One of the workers told me that there was a fight and a worker was in bad condition,” said the accommodation supervisor.

The supervisor rushed to the room where he found the victim unconscious and being tended to by paramedics. The victim was taken to hospital where he died few hours later.

During police investigations, a third man, who lived with the accused and the deceased, said he saw the pair arguing after he returned from work.

“They both attacked each other but only using hands,” said the Indian worker, 25.

At Dubai Criminal Court on Monday, the accused denied a charge of physical assault that caused a man’s death but admitted to consuming alcohol without a license.

He will receive his verdict on March 28.

Updated: March 18, 2019 03:01 PM