A vi­o­lent end to ho­tel party

Rev­eller hit vic­tim with fire ex­tin­guisher

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

A prop­erty agent has ad­mit­ted to a sav­age as­sault that left his vic­tim with brain dam­age.

The Bri­tish na­tional, aged 45, frac­tured the skull of the Emi­rati, 30, when he hit him with a fire ex­tin­guisher dur­ing the drunken at­tack.

Dubai Court of First In­stance heard de­tails of the in­ci­dent in Fe­bru­ary 2015 at a ho­tel room in Bur Dubai.

Pros­e­cu­tors told the judge that the Bri­ton was at the birth­day of an Emi­rati friend aged 39 and that the vic­tim turned up about 4am.

His ar­rival with a friend sparked the row, the court heard.

The brain dam­aged vic­tim, who gave ev­i­dence to pros­e­cu­tors be­fore the trial, said he had been given per­mis­sion to bring a friend - but that the Bri­tish man had told him he had to pay money.

The vic­tim said: “He told me that I needed to pay to get my friend in, so I threw my wal­let in his face.”

The de­fen­dant then closed the door be­fore they could en­ter.

The man cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day also gave ev­i­dence, say­ing he went out­side the room to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion. He tes­ti­fied: “I went to talk to him and he told me that me he was not al­lowed in. “So I let him in and that was when the de­fen­dant at­tacked him with the ex­tin­guisher, hit­ting him on the head.” He said the Bri­ton told him that he was slapped by the vic­tim, but he did not see this him­self. The vic­tim was knocked out and suf­fered a frac­tured skull. Paramedics rushed him to hospi­tal, where he un­der­went surgery to stop bleed­ing in the brain. A med­i­cal re­port stated that fol­low­ing the at­tack he now suf­fers from epilep­tic fits, ag­gres­sion and seizures, which was de­scribed as an ‘80 per cent dis­abil­ity’. The Bri­ton ad­mit­ted to com­mit­ting an as­sault that caused dis­abil­ity, but told Judge Er­fan Omar that “he as­saulted me first”. He will be sen­tenced next month and faces up to five years in jail.

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