DUBAI // A Vietnamese man tried to kill a compatriot at a party after fighting over a Dh30,000 debt.
The 39-year-old was charged with attempted murder when he appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court.
The defendant and the 29-year-old victim were invited to a party at a villa in Bur Dubai on December 7, 2013, by a mutual friend.
The victim, who works as a security guard, told police the defendant had borrowed money from him on different occasions and never paid him back.
“He took a total of Dh30,000 and would stall every time I asked him to return it,” said the guard.
During the party, the victim received a call from his mother in Vietnam asking why hadn’t he wired her any money lately.
“I told her it’s because a friend borrowed money and wouldn’t return it,” said the guard.
The defendant, who was offended after overhearing the conversation between the victim and his mother, then took out a knife he was hiding in a newspaper and tried to slit the guard’s throat. He failed to do so but was able to stab him in the waist.
“I managed to run away and he chased me screaming that he will kill me,” said the victim, who fell over due to his wound.
The defendant then sat on top of the guard and continued to stab him until another party guest saw what was happening and rushed over to help.
Police and an ambulance were called and the victim was taken to Rashid hospital for emergency treatment.
It was not clear in records why the case took three years to be heard by a court.
The next hearing will be on August 21.
Source: uae news