Court told of at­tack af­ter queue ar­gu­ment

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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.

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