A violent end to hotel party
Reveller hit victim with fire extinguisher
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.