Man jailed for fracturing policeman’s nose

Defendant resisted arrest ferociously, beat policeman who stopped him for distributing massage cards

Dubai – A man has been jailed for three months for punching a policeman and fracturing his nose while he was handcuffing him for placing massage service cards on car windshields.

Several policemen spotted a number of pedestrians putting massage cards on windshields of cars parked in a residential area in November 2017.

Carrying out a random inspection raid in Al Ghusais, the policemen were hunting for illegal residents and individuals involved in illegal activities such as promoting unlicensed massage centres around 7.30pm when the incident occurred.

A sergeant who saw the 22-year-old Nigerian man putting massage cards on windshields tried to apprehend him.

The Nigerian resisted him ferociously and punched the law enforcement officer on his nose.

Other policemen prevented the Nigerian from absconding, handcuffed him and took him to the police station.

On Monday, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of resisting arrest and assaulting the sergeant.

Medical reports confirmed that the policeman had sustained a fractured nose and a deviated septum.

Presiding judge Urfan Omar also fined the defendant Dh5,000.

The accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment, according to Monday’s ruling.

The accused contended in court that he resisted arrest and tried to run away but maintained that he did not assault the sergeant.

The sergeant said the accused resisted brutally and ferociously before he punched him.

A police corporal confirmed his partner’s statement and testified that they were carrying out a random inspection for illegal residents.

“We saw the defendant placing massage cards on cars and when we tried to stop him, he started running. We stopped him instantly and when my partner tried to restrain him, he punched him. We managed to overpower him and handcuff him,” said the corporal.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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