Dubai: A holidaymaker has been jailed for three months for drinking and headbutting a police sergeant and beating another, when they tried to handcuff him outside a hotel at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).
A Dubai Police patrol was dispatched to the JBR area when a European tourist was reported to drunk outside a hotel, in May.
Once the police patrol reached JBR, two police sergeants spotted the British holidaymaker, 26, drunk in front of the hotel.
When the sergeants tried to take the drunk Briton into custody, he headbutted one them, hitting him on the nose and punched the other sergeant on his head.
The Briton was handcuffed and apprehended.
On Sunday, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the British defendant of drinking and assaulting two policemen.
Presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi said the accused, who pleaded not guilty, will be deported after serving his punishment.
The first police sergeant said they got the report about the drunk tourist at 3am.
“We headed to the location and spotted a European person. It turned out to be the British defendant, who was not in a sober condition. After obtaining his personal information, we handcuffed him, put him in the police car and drove him to the station. While taking him out of the patrol, he headbutted me on my nose and beat my co-worker on his head. However, we restrained him and took him to the police station,” he testified.
The accused was cited as admitting to police interrogators and prosecutors that he consumed liquor, but did not remember what had happened because he was under the influence of alcohol.
The ruling remains subject to appeal.