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Briton assaulted, insulted sergeant who handcuffed him

Suspect told sergeant he will shoot him with a gun after questioning how he removed handcuffs

16:40 October 8, 2017

Dubai: A man has been accused of assaulting and insulting a police sergeant, who had handcuffed him in a police station, and threatening to gun him down and bury him.

The 23-year-old British man was said to have been taken to the police station after indulging in a fight in August.

When the police sergeant tried to take down the man’s statement, according to records, the Briton pretended that he did not know English language.

The sergeant handcuffed and left him inside one of the offices, and then went to anther office before his partner came and told him that the Briton had taken off the handcuffs.

When the sergeant went to find out how the British man had released himself, the 23-year-old got angry and assaulted him.

Prosecutors charged the British suspect with assaulting, insulting and verbally threatening to kill the sergeant.

According to the accusation sheet, prosecutors said the suspect said to the sergeant: “I will kill you with a Magnum gun and bury you with my own hands.”

He was additionally accused of overstaying in the country after his work visa expired.

The suspect pleaded not guilty to the assault charges when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.

He refuted the charges. The Briton did however admit that he had stayed in the country illegally after his work visa had expired.

The sergeant testified to prosecutors that the incident happened following the involvement of the suspect in a fight.

“When I asked him in Arabic, he didn’t respond. Then when I asked him in English, he replied ‘no English’. I left him handcuffed in the office and went to the next office … my partner came and told me that the suspect had removed the handcuffs. When I returned to the office, and asked him how he removed the handcuffs, he turned angry. He insulted and assaulted me … he also threatened to gun me down with a Magnum handgun. When he turned physically violent, I sustained a bruise in my chest,” he claimed to prosecutors.

A ruling will be heard on October 29.