Judge told of fight between parents
A poolside disagreement between a group of parents turned into a brawl in which one father had his wrist broken, a court has heard.
Nine people - four women and five men - appeared at Dubai Court of First Instance this week over the incident.
Prosecutors said it was sparked when one young American boy hit a girl with a rock as the families attended a birthday party on the roof of an apartment block in Al Barsha last October.
The Egyptian man who was hosting the party got into a dispute with two American men, 47 and 49, one of whom was the rock-thrower’s dad.
The Egyptian, who is also on trial for shouting insults, said the men grabbed him and broke his wrist in the struggle.
When he threatened to call 999, his alleged attackers said police would never arrest “American passport holders”, he claimed.
The man testified: “One said, ‘If you call police I’ll ruin your future. I’m American and I have a American passport.’ They also said, ‘We will By Ali Al Shouk break your neck just like we broke your wrist if you call police’.”
He said the American’s friends, including four women, gathered around and began shouting.
He testified: “My family and friends saw what happened and called police when the two Americans and their friends - Saudi and French women - insulted me, calling us animals.”
Police arrived and all nine adults were taken to Barsha Police Station.
The two Americans are charged with assault and the other seven with making insults and threats.
One of the Americans, who denies the attack, said: “He was angry and shouting insults and when he tried to kick me his foot slipped on the tiles and fell and broke his wrist.”
All nine denied the charges. The trial continues.
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