Driver fought back against at­tacker

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

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

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