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25 February 2024

Dubai cabbie kicks pedestrian unconscious

By Eman Al Baik

The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced a taxi driver to six months in jail for assaulting and abusing a pedestrian he had just missed knocking down. The pedestrian, who had abused the driver, was ordered to pay Dh2,000.

According to the records, the taxi driver, WZ, 37, Pakistani avoided knocking down the pedestrian, HK, 36, Indian, who also holds a driver’s visa.

Instead of apologising, the taxi driver got out of the car and kicked the pedestrian’s back. The pedestrian fell unconscious and was rushed to hospital where he was treated for more than a month. He was reported to have suffered eight per cent permanent disability.

WZ could stop the car only in front of HK who was crossing the road at around 4.30am at Hor Al Anz.

“I was going work early in the morning. A taxi stopped before hitting my knees. I shouted ‘Can’t you see?’ at the driver,” the victim testified.

Instead of calming the pedestrian down and apologising, the taxi driver abused him. The pedestrian got angry and told him, “I am not what you said. It is you.” The driver then kicked the pedestrian in his lower back and the latter fell unconscious.

Ambulance and police were rushed to the scene. When he woke up in hospital, HK told police about the abuse.

MI, 41, Pakistani driver, who was near the scene, testified that the pedestrian only told the driver “Can’t you see?” when the latter was about to knock him down with his car. The taxi driver then kicked the pedestrian who fell unconscious on the street.

WZ was prosecuted for assaulting HK and both the assaulter and the victim were charged with abusing one another.