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02 December 2023

Man confines, hits biz partner after dispute

By Eman Al Baik

An Australian allegedly confined a Pakistani for 12 hours in a bathroom and threatened to kill his family back home if he did not return the money he had given him for investment, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.
On October 4, the victim LD, 54, along with the accused FN, 44, arrived in Dubai from South Africa where they were concluding a trade deal.
“We stayed in a hotel in JBR. On the following day, at around 3pm while we were discussing some deals, FN became angry, snatched my mobile phone, wallet and passport, and assaulted me.
“He pushed me into the washing room and locked the door. I begged him to release me but, after about an hour, he opened the door, hit me all over my body with a steel bar and locked the door again. Later, I asked him to open the door to go to the toilet. When he opened the door, I was hardly able to walk. I went back to the washroom and when he slept at around 3am, I got out, went to my room and slept,” said the victim.
The accused also threatened the victim with assigning people to kill his family members back home.
When the accused saw the victim sleeping in his room, he pulled out his belt and started slashing him on his head and body. Then he hit the victim with a chair in the room.
Later, the accused asked the victim to call friends back home to arrange the money for him.
The accused continued beating the victim while he was talking to some friends and asking them for money.
Friends informed the Australian consulate in Dubai who informed the police. Police raided the room and arrested the accused.
Police released the bleeding victim and rushed him to hospital.
The accused admitted to the crime before prosecutors but said that he had apologised to the victim for the way he had beaten him up.
The court will reconvene on January 21.