Sharjah: The Sharjah Criminal Court on Wednesday started the trial of youngsters who were allegedly involved in a group fight in which one youth’s hand was chopped off.

According to prosecution records, the incident occurred during a road rage fight, using swords, in January near Al Khezamiya Park.

The suspects — who are all under 16 years — include Emiratis and other Arab nationals.

The Emirati victim whose hand was chopped off was trying to protect himself from a sword’s blow, according to his lawyer Abdullah Salman. He had put his hand in front of his face and as a result his right hand was severed.

The attacker then took hold of the victim’s chopped hand and slapped him with it.

The fight involved two groups of 12 Emiratis and Arab nationals.

The prosecution charged the youth who brought the sword, the one who hit the victim with the sword and the victim himself with indulging in the group fight.

The victim and his friends took his chopped hand to Rashid Hospital where doctors performed a surgery to reattach the hand.

On Wednesday, the judge heard the testimony of witnesses and fixed the next session on June 20 to hear the defence arguments.