Dubai: A businessman, who assaulted a male cabin crew and caused him permanent disability after they brawled over an undelivered cargo consignment, has been jailed for three months.

The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 29-year-old Egyptian businessman, M.K., of assaulting his 33-year-old countryman, A.A., and causing him two per cent permanent disability without intending to do so.

The defendant entered an innocent plea and denied inflicting any disability to the victim when he defended himself in courtroom three.

“I run a cargo company and transport consignments. I had dispatched four different consignments for A.A. I was late in delivering the last and fifth consignment before we had the dispute. When I met him, we had a heated argument and exchanged curses. He said he would call the police, so I told him to do so.

“Few days later his friend asked me to meet him in Al Nahda. When I went there, M.K., his brother and his friend attacked me. They grabbed me from my arms and legs and threw me on the ground. They attacked me first and I did not attack them,” claimed the defendant.

A.M. testified that the incident happened on June 14, 2012.

“I went to meet him in Al Nahda because he was one year late in delivering my consignment to my hometown in Egypt. When he tried to run away, I grabbed him… then we fell on each other and he hurt my hand. I had a surgery in my hand… I inflicted a permanent disability,” claimed A.M.

Tuesday’s judgement remains subject to appeal within 15 days.