Maids cleared of thefts from royal palace

Petrol sta­tion bust up ends in court

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A mo­torist has been ac­cused of smash­ing a mo­bile phone against an­other driver’s head and call­ing him a “don­key” in a row at a petrol sta­tion.

Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court heard how the Emi­rati de­fen­dant was seated in his ve­hi­cle in the park­ing area when a Jor­da­nian man pulled over next to him.

Of­fi­cial doc­u­ments stated that the Jor­da­nian man hit the de­fen­dant’s ve­hi­cle with his door as he was get­ting out.

“The man didn’t apol­o­gise to the Emi­rati for his mis­take and en­tered the shop to buy some drinks,” said pros­e­cu­tors.

“And when he re­turned, he hit the man’s car with his own door for the sec­ond time and scratched it as he got into his own car.”

The Emi­rati mo­torist be­came an­gry and con­fronted the Jor­da­nian.

“He shouted at me and also abused me,” the Jor­da­nian told court. “He called me a don­key.” The vic­tim said he tried to calm down the Emi­rati and also sug­gested that they call po­lice to set­tle the is­sue.

“When I got my iPhone out to phone the po­lice, the man just grabbed it from me and hit me on the head with the phone as he con­tin­ued to abuse me,” said the Jor­da­nian.

The Jor­da­nian filed a com­plaint against the Emi­rati af­ter he sus­tained mi­nor head wounds. Pros­e­cu­tors charged the Emi­rati with as­sault. The de­fen­dant de­nies the charge. He said that he spoke po­litely with the Jor­da­nian, who he said was in a bad mood, af­ter dam­ag­ing his car but didn’t attack him.

The trial has been ad­journed un­til Novem­ber 9. Two maids ac­cused of steal­ing jew­ellery and three iPhones from a royal palace in Dubai have been cleared of the charges against them. Dubai Court of First In­stance ruled that there was not enough ev­i­dence to con­vict the Sri Lankan women, aged 34 and 31, of theft. Pros­e­cu­tors had ear­lier al­leged that, on March 7, a su­per­vi­sor saw one of the maids run­ning to her room in a sus­pi­cious way and fol­lowed her. The 42-year old Egyp­tian said: “I saw her hid­ing some­thing in the room. I checked and found some jew­ellery and three smart­phones.” She called the po­lice and when ques­tioned they said they be­longed to a third maid that had run away and that they had no part in the theft. Dubai Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion said it would ap­peal the ver­dict.

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