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Man fined Dh500,000 over profanity in nightclub.

Summary: Defendant jailed, to be deported as court clears him of cursing, beating 2 sisters in club brawl

Bassam Za'za', Legal and Court Correspondent

Dubai: A man, who brawled with two sisters at a nightclub and abused them by calling them prostitutes, has been fined Dh500,000 on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Lebanese man hit his 34-year-old countrywoman on her arm and when he attempted to assault her a second time, the woman pushed him away, before other clubbers stopped him.

The two Lebanese sisters overheard the Lebanese man cursing them and using profane language during the brawl.

The Dubai Court of First Instance jailed the Lebanese defendant for three months and fined him Dh500,000 for using profane language.

On Sunday, presiding judge Mohammad Jamal cleared the defendant of assaulting and cursing the two sisters, who had waived their complaint against the 29-year-old.

"The accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment. He will be tried for drinking alcohol before the Misdemeanours Court," said presiding judge Jamal in courtroom three.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

The 34-year-old sister appeared in court earlier and handed the court a written waiver confirming that they [she and her sister] have dropped their case against the accused.

The defendant did not respond when the police contacted him following the incident.

A month later, the accused was apprehended at the same nightclub and brought in for interrogation.

The 34-year-old sister said the 29-year-old assaulted and cursed her while she was involved in a heated argument with another clubber sitting beside them.

"He rushed from the back and hit me - he tried to beat me again when I pushed him away. However, other clubbers stopped him. My sister and I heard him abusing us. Then we reported the matter to the police," she told the prosecutors.

A police corporal testified that the accused claimed during questioning that he worked in the nightclub and when he spotted the sisters fighting with a female clubber, he intervened to stop the fight.

"He claimed that when the sisters cursed him, he abused them back and then asked the security to kick them out of the nightclub," the corporal claimed to prosecutors.

Sunday's ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jan 14, 2018
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