A 29-year-old Indian worker tried to murder his colleague when he was drunk, a Dubai court has heard.
He pleaded not guilty to a murder charge when he appeared at the Court of First Instance on Monday. He claimed that they had both assaulted each other. He also faced a charge of consuming alcohol without a licence.
The case dates back to October 19, 2017, in Al Qusais.
A 36-year-old Nigerian man, who lived in the same labour accommodation and witnessed the incident, told the prosecutor: "At around 10:40pm, I was having dinner in my room when I suddenly heard screams coming from outside. There were three men who were talking about a man who got stabbed. I went to check what was going on. I saw the victim lying down in a pool of blood. He looked badly injured. I called the police and he was rushed to hospital."
A 38-year-old Indian labourer said: "They both looked drunk as they had both consumed alcohol outside and I was listening to songs then. Suddenly, they started to fight and the defendant took a vegetable knife that was in the room and stabbed the victim."
According to the witness, the defendant stabbed the victim twice in his abdomen and fled the scene. The victim then fell down.
According to the criminal evidence department report, the injuries that the victim received were deep and could have ended his life had he not undergone surgeries.
A verdict is expected on March 29.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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