Labourer ac­cused of stab­bing bus driver

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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.

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