Waiter jailed by Dubai court for push that killed drunk customer

DUBAI // A nightclub waiter who pushed a drunk customer out of the way, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and die, has been sentenced to two years in jail. On August 31 last year at about 4am the victim, M A, was leaving a dance club at the Royalton Hotel in […]

DUBAI // A nightclub waiter who pushed a drunk customer out of the way, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and die, has been sentenced to two years in jail.

On August 31 last year at about 4am the victim, M A, was leaving a dance club at the Royalton Hotel in Deira.

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

Egyptian waiter Y B, 38, arrived and wanted to leave but M A, whose nationality was not in court records, was blocking the exit. When Y B tried to walk out, M A pushed him so the Egyptian pushed him back and left the hotel, headed to the car park.

M A then staggered and fell down the stairs, landing on his face.

“I headed to him immediately and turned him [around]. His eyes were open but he was unconscious,” said H S, who noticed two injuries on M A’s head and nose.

As Y B left in his car, he saw a group surrounding M A so stopped and went over.

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

An ambulance was called which took M A to hospital. Police then arrested Y B. He told officers that he did push the victim but it was not strong and he did not mean to cause any harm.

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

Y B denied a charge of assault leading to death when he appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court last January.

However, he was convicted and will be deported after serving his two-year sentence.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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