CABBIE HOLDS OFF DRUNK KNIFE ATTACKER
Driver fought back against attacker
A taxi driver fought off a drunk passenger armed with a knife by slamming his seat back into the attacker then locking him in the vehicle.
Details of the Bangladeshi’s bravery emerged as the Moroccan suspect, 28, went on trial at Dubai Court of First Instance.
Judge Fahad Al Shamsi was told the row began over a Dhs25 fare for the passenger’s journey from Bur Dubai to Deira.
The taxi driver testified: “It was after midnight on April 12, when the defendant stopped me in Refaa and wanted to go to Al Baraha in Deira.
“He sat behind me and when I reached the destination I asked him to pay the Dhs25 fee. I was shocked when he put a small knife on my throat and asked me to empty my pockets.”
He said the passenger threatened to cut his throat.
The cabbie said: “I moved quickly and I slid my chair back into him and struck his hand and managed to get it away from my throat.
“The knife injured my finger but I trapped him with the chair and stepped out and locked the doors, before calling the police.”
Prosecutors said the suspect is a security guard and was very drunk when police arrested him. An officer said the man was still locked inside the car when they arrived.
He said: “We arrested him and he was under the influence of alcohol.
“He confessed that he put a knife on the driver’s throat and I noticed blood inside the car.”
However, in court the suspect disputed this and denied charges of attempted robbery and refusing to pay a transportation fee.
He claimed: “I didn’t try to steal from him or refuse to pay the money. Police refused to let me pay him the money.”
He confessed to consuming alcohol without a licence. Judge Al Shamsi adjourned the case until next month.
I slid my chair back into him and trapped him, then stepped out and locked the doors – Dubai taxi driver’s testimony