Court told of attack after queue argument
A truck driver was left partially sighted in one eye after a fellow driver smashed him in the face with a spanner, a court has heard.
The Pakistani haulier, 35, was minding a friend’s water tanker as the man filled it up in a loading area in Jebel Ali.
Dubai Court of First Instance was told another driver, aged 30, walked over and began a row, because the vehicle was in his way.
The incident took place on July 5 last year.
The victim testified: “I told him ‘I’m not the driver’ and that he would need to wait for him to come back.
“He started yelling at me and then went to his tanker.
“He then returned back with cross wheel spanner from his lorry and attacked me.”
He said the other driver struck him hard in the face, in the right eye, and that he lost consciousness. Other drivers stopped the attack from continuing and phoned police.
The victim said: “I woke up after few minutes and saw people around me. The attacker tried to escape but they
By Ali Al Shouk controlled him and someone called Dubai Police.”
An eyewitness, the driver whose vehicle the victim was minding, also testified and said he returned to find his friend badly hurt.
He said: “The attacker told me that he assaulted my friend and he was terrified of what was going to happen.”
A medical report stated the defendant had caused 35 per cent permanent eyesight disability to the victim.
He underwent surgery to his right eye.
Despite claims that he had confessed at the scene, the defendant told the court that the victim struck his eye on the spanner when they fought and that the injury was not directly his fault.
A verdict will be issued later this month and the defendant will remain on bail.
He faces up to five years in jail to be followed by deportation, if convicted.