Judge told of fight be­tween par­ents

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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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