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Dubai worker assaults supervisor over salary cut

Khaleej Times 2018-01-10 18:07:51

A 35-year-old worker, who went berserk and attacked his supervisor with a stick, has been charged in the Court of First Instance with physical assault and causing a permanent bodily harm.

The Bangladeshi worker became angry after three days were deducted from his salary following a report filed by the victim.

The report was filed after the worker left the construction site suddenly and without permission. 

The accused denied having intended to cause the supervisor a permanent injury.

The Indian supervisor, 46, said he was at the construction site on January 28, 2017, in Business Bay area. "Around noon, the defendant ran away from the site without taking permission, which prompted me to file a report against him. Three days were consequently deducted from the worker's salary."

"Around 10:30am on January 30, while I was at the site I saw the same worker approaching me. He held a stick. He first hit me hard on my leg and then on my back. I tried to protect myself and that is how my right hand got hurt," the supervisor told the prosecutor. 

During public prosecution's investigation, the worker said he tried to be allowed to leave the site, but in vain. But he went home anyway. When he learned about the salary cut about two days later, he attacked the supervisor with a stick he found on the site. He hit him on the leg, back and right arm. A worker stepped in and took him away from the supervisor.

A medical report showed the victim has been suffering pain and had difficulty in moving his fingers because of the assault.

A ruling will be issued on January 28.

Marie Nammour