Pedicurist jailed for kicking, insulting policewoman

Defendant beat victim while she was being handcuffed and taken for a breathalyser test in police station

Dubai


A pedicurist has been jailed for three months for beating up, insulting and threatening a policewoman at a police station when she was being taken for a breathalyser test.

The policewoman was asked by her co-worker to handcuff the 24-year-old Moroccan pedicurist, who had been apprehended for consuming alcohol, and to take her for a breathalyser test in another place in February.

Once the Moroccan was told by the policewoman that she had to be handcuffed and taken for the liquor test, she turned violent. She kicked the policewoman and then offended her and threatened to harm her as the latter was shackling her with the handcuffs.

Following a few minutes of unruly and violent behaviour with the policewoman, the Moroccan was finally restrained, handcuffed and taken for the breathalyser test.

The Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced the accused Moroccan on Tuesday to three months in jail for assaulting the policewoman and injuring her when she kicked the handcuffs.

She was convicted of verbally threatening the policewoman and cursing her.

The defendant pleaded not guilty in court and contended that she did not do anything.

According to Tuesday’s ruling, presiding judge Shaikha Hamad said the defendant will be deported.

The policewoman said the incident took place when her co-worker asked her to handcuff the Moroccan and take her for an alcohol test.

“She behaved violently and refused to be handcuffed when she learnt that she had to be handcuffed and taken for a breathalyser test. She repeatedly kicked me on my leg, injured me, and then pulled her hand away when I was putting the handcuff on her right hand. She beat me on my back. Then we handcuffed her hands behind her back and made her sit on a chair. Then she cursed me and threatened me by saying ‘I will show you, you wait and see what I will do to you’ and mentioned that she will sue me. Later on, she apologised for her behaviour and asked me to forgive her because she was not aware of her actions and wanted to kiss my foot to pardon her,” she said.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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