Man denies stabbing compatriot to death outside hotel, Dubai court hears

DUBAI // A man accused of stabbing a compatriot to death using a broken glass bottle denied a premeditated murder charge when he appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court. Prosecutors said that the 31-year-old Pakistani defendant left a nightclub at a hotel in Al Rafaa at 2am on March 25 last year and bought two […]

DUBAI // A man accused of stabbing a compatriot to death using a broken glass bottle denied a premeditated murder charge when he appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court.

Prosecutors said that the 31-year-old Pakistani defendant left a nightclub at a hotel in Al Rafaa at 2am on March 25 last year and bought two bottles of Barbican from a nearby supermarket. He smashed one bottle and used it to allegedly stab the victim in the neck.

“I was getting out of the hotel and I was drunk. I saw about seven men assaulting one man so I tried to stop them but I don’t remember what happened next,” said the defendant in court.

A 25-year-old eye witness said that he saw a group of men fighting near the hotel as he stopped at a petrol station opposite.

“I knew something bad was happening so I called police then saw a man bleeding on the floor,” testified the Egyptian.

Court records stated that the defendant had an argument with the victim while both were in the club.

“Several men assaulted the victim, but all of them said during questioning that the defendant was not satisfied with just a physical assault so he bought the bottles then used one to stab the man in his neck,” testified a 28-year-old Emirati Police Lieutenant.

Records did not explain the nature of the dispute between the defendant and the victim.

The next hearing will be on May 3.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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