Labourer accused of stabbing bus driver
A motorist died after his car was struck by a lorry when it hit the central reservation and flew on to the opposing carriageway. Dubai Police said the accident happened in the early hours of Friday on Emirates Road. The driver was Emirati. Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said the motorist was speeding and lost control of the vehicle. “The impact was so strong that his vehicle jumped to the opposite side of the road,” he said. “A lorry driver was surprised by the vehicle in front of him while he was going at high speed. He couldn’t avoid the car and shattered the car into two pieces.” Al Mazroui added: “The accident was so bad that it was hard for us to identify the damaged vehicle. “The Emirati was driving a Volkswagen but it was hard to tell after the accident.” Ambulance crews tried to save the driver but he died on the way to Rashid Hospital. A construction worker is accused of stabbing a driver 10 times when he turned up to collect him 30 minutes earlier than usual.
Dubai Court of First Instance heard an argument broke out when the Jordanian driver was asked by his company to change the pickup timing from 4.30am to 4am to ensure labourers were not late to their construction site.
However, the defendant, a 24-year-old Egyptian, was unhappy with the new timings and confronted the driver. Prosecutors said the incident happened on August 18 last year in Al Qusais.
The 35-year-old driver testified: “Our company asked me to change the bus timing to avoid the traffic.
“Nobody complained, just the defendant. We had a discussion and I told him it was the company’s decision, not mine, and the argument ended.”
The court heard the defendant got on the bus and sat behind the driver.
“I was shocked when I saw a knife in his hand By Ali Al Shouk and he stabbed me in the neck and other parts,” said the driver. “I passed out and woke up in hospital.” The court heard the defendant was restrained by other workers who also called Dubai Police.
The driver was taken to Rashid Hospital for treatment.
“I think that he tried to kill me because of the pick-up timing change,” the driver said.
A 25-year-old Pakistani security guard said he was near the labour camp and saw the incident.
“I saw the defendant stabbing the driver several times. I called police and asked for help,” the guard said. The defendant has been charged with attempted murder. He failed to show in court yesterday and the trial was adjourned.