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Dubai motorist sets fire to motorbike in road rage fit.

A young motorist punched a delivery driver then blew up his motorbike in a road rage revenge attack, because he was angry that the restaurant worker had cut in front of him on the road.

The Emirati student, 21, pleaded guilty to the crime on Monday, that happened in Al Qusais, Dubai, last month.

Dubai Court of First Instance heardthat the man was travelling along aroad when the bike cut in front of himon May 4.

Prosecutors said that the motorist, angered by the move, followed the Bangladeshi deliveryman, before pulling in front of him, forcing him to stop.

It is alleged the angry student repeatedly punched the 34-year-old victim in the face.

Giving evidence, the delivery driver described the attack.

He said: "He punched me in the face and then knocked the bike on the ground. He asked for my money, but I managed to escape on foot".

He said he ran off and stopped behind some trees nearby, at which point he watched the raging driver open themotorbike's fuel tank and toss some matches inside, sending the bike up in flames.

Dubai Police received a call about asubstantial fire on the road and alerted Civil Defence teams.Officers said that as firefighters got the blaze under control, they saw the road rage driver standing nearby.

A 21-year-old Emirati policeman said: "We arrested him for assaulting the victim and starting the fire".

The policeman added:Ce"He confessed to burning the motorbike, claiming he felt angry that thevictim had blocked his way".

The deliveryman was taken to Rashid Hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

In court on Monday, the driver admitted charges of assault and setting fire to the bike.

Judge Ezzat Mansour adjourned the case until later this month, when a sentence will be delivered.

The driver will remain in custody.He could face up to seven years in jail.

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