Dubai: A supervisor has been accused of cursing two policemen and beating them with handcuffs when they were arresting him for not paying the taxi fare, a court heard on Tuesday.
A Bangladeshi taxi driver was said to have called the police and reported he had a brawl with a Jordanian supervisor who had refused to pay for his taxi ride in July.
The driver also notified police that the Jordanian drank beer in his taxi and refused to pay his Dh38 tariff when he reached Al Jaddaf area, records state.
A police patrol was dispatched to the location and the 41-year-old Jordanian was seen in the passenger seat refusing to leave the taxi.
When the policemen tried to get him out of the taxi, the supervisor cursed them and assaulted them.
The 41-year-old was taken into immediate custody.
Prosecutors accused the Jordanian suspect of cursing two policemen and assaulting them.
The suspect pleaded not-guilty and refuted the charges when he showed up before the Dubai Court of First Instance.
When presiding judge Mohammad Jamal asked if nothing had happened between him and the policemen, the Jordanian responded: “I did not assault them. I was inside the car … I was not aware of anything around me because I was drunk.”
The taxi driver claimed to prosecutors that when the suspect refused to pay the tariff, he called the police. “He drank beer in the vehicle. I called up the police and they asked me to put him through … when I handed him my phone and told him to speak to the policeman, he threw it and wrecked the screen. While waiting for the police to arrive, he also damaged the front window. When the policemen tried to get him out of the car, he cursed them and assaulted them,” the driver testified to prosecutors.
One of the assaulted policemen claimed to prosecutors: “When we arrived, he was smoking and sitting in the front seat. He refused to step out … when we tried to take him out, he cursed us. He also hit us with the handcuffs when we tried to restrain him.”
The Dubai Misdemeanours Court fined the suspect Dh3,000 for drinking alcohol.
A ruling will be heard on November 18.