Dubai nightclub waiter ‘pushed drunk customer down stairs, killing him’

DUBAI // A 39-year-old waiter at a hotel nightclub pushed a drunk customer who was blocking his way, unintentionally knocking him down a flight of stairs to his death, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Thursday. Records show that on August 31 last year at about 4am, the victim, M A, was leaving a dance club that […]

DUBAI // A 39-year-old waiter at a hotel nightclub pushed a drunk customer who was blocking his way, unintentionally knocking him down a flight of stairs to his death, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Thursday.

Records show that on August 31 last year at about 4am, the victim, M A, was leaving a dance club that was closing for the night at the Royalton Hotel in Deira.

“M A was leaving the bar and he was not walking straight as he was heavily drunk,” said 38-year-old hotel security guard H S, from Egypt.

He said the victim made it to the hotel reception and ordered a taxi. A Bangladeshi guard then informed the victim that his cab had arrived.

“He walked with much difficulty to the door then stopped. The guard tried to talk to him to get him to step out of the way and walk out the door but he wasn’t responding,” said H S.

Records show that the Egyptian defendant, Y B, arrived and wanted out the door but M A was blocking his way so he shoved the victim’s shoulder but he still could not get out. When the defendant tried to walk out the door one more time, M A pushed him, so the Egyptian pushed him back and walked out.

He went to the hotel car park not knowing that his push had caused MA to stagger towards the stairs, which he fell down and landed on his face.

“I headed to him immediately and turned him [around]. His eyes were open but he was unconscious,” said H S, who added that he helped the victim sit up but he was still not responding. At this point the guard noticed two injuries on MA’s head and nose, from which he was bleeding.

As Y B left in his car, he noticed a group surrounding M A so he got out of his vehicle and went over.

“‘What happened to him?’ Y B asked us,” said the guard. “We told him he fell and he was surprised, saying ‘What, my push made him fall down?’”

The men called for an ambulance, which took M A to hospital, then police apprehended the defendant.

He told police that he did push the victim but it was not a strong push and he did not mean to cause him any harm.

A forensic report showed that M A died of a spinal fracture.

In court on Thursday Y B denied a charge of assaulting a man’s safety that led to death.

The next hearing is on February 4.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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