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Investor knocks out salesman’s teeth
by HAMZA M. SENGENDO February 12, 2019
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DUBAI: An investor who broke a salesman’s teeth during a fracas in a restaurant washroom will spend six months in the dock and pay Dhs21,000 temporally civil compensation.

The Arab defendant, 31, after abusing alcohol staggered into the washroom where he found the Yemeni victim, 44, and demanded to know whether he knew him. The victim pelted him with an insult involving his mother.

The defendant threw a punch in his face that rendered him unconscious. He then pounced on him and repeatedly battered his face causing three of his teeth to fall out and several others to start shaking, records showed.

He did not show up during initial court hearing. The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced him in absentia to six months behind bars plus deportation and ordered him to pay Dhs21, 000 in temporary civil compensation. 

He later showed up and asked for a retrial. During a fresh hearing on Jan.27 he acknowledged the incident but contended, “I was under the influence of alcohol. He provoked me. He insulted my mother and beat me.”

“I beat him in retaliation. I was drunk and could not contain the temper.” The Criminal Court has overlooked his arguments and awarded him the same punishments. The ruling is subject to appeal within 14 days.

The victim told police and prosecutors, “I was in the washroom when the defendant came and asked me whether I knew him. The moment I told him no, he punched me in the face and I collapsed. He continued beating me.”

The restaurant’s Egyptian accountant said he heard a fight, rushed and found both grabbing each other. The victim was bleeding from the mouth. The defendant was relentlessly demanding the victim to explain the insult he uttered. Before prosecutors, the defendant argued that he battered the victim for cursing his mother.

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