Man jailed for beating sergeant in street

Court convicts accused of damaging police car and beating sergeant who was apprehending him

Dubai: A jobless man, who damaged a police car and beat a police sergeant when the latter tried to apprehend him, has been jailed for six months.

The police sergeant was on a routine patrol duty when he asked the 53-year-old Indian man, who was driving an old car in Al Karama area, to pull over in May. When the sergeant looked through the papers of the Indian, he discovered that the defendant was a wanted person as per the police’s criminal records.

The Indian defendant then told the sergeant that he would pay for his parking ticket at the meter and return to him but instead he started running.

When the sergeant chased the Indian and stopped him, the suspect beat and pushed him down. The sergeant injured his hand when he fell but then he stood up again and apprehended the defendant. As the sergeant escorted the handcuffed Indian to the police car, the latter dented the police car’s door when he resisted and tried to run away again.

On Tuesday, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of beating a policeman and causing Dh1,316 worth of damage to the car door.

Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal said the accused, who pleaded not guilty, will be deported following the completion of his punishment.

When he appeared in court, the defendant contended that he did not beat the sergeant.

“He fell down and injured himself when he chased me. Then he pushed me towards the car door and caused the dent. I did not wreck it,” the accused defended.

The sergeant told the prosecutors that the incident happened at 8.30am.

“We asked the defendant to pull over as we suspected his old car. When we checked his name in the police system, and it was discovered that he was wanted by several authorities. He pretended to pay for the parking and ran away … when I chased him, he beat and pushed me. I fell down and injured myself. Then when we tried to put him in the police car, he resisted and caused a dent when he kicked the car door,” he testified.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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