Carpenter faces jail for threatening Dubai taxi driver


By Bassam Za’za’

A Chinese carpenter faces six months in jail after a court on Monday convicted him of threatening to kill a taxi driver because he did not have money to pay for the taxi.

Dubai taxiThe Dubai Court of First Instance jailed carpenter C.B., 46, after he pleaded guilty to using a knife and threatening to kill the Pakistani taxi driver, S.H., 25.

C.B. admitted before the court that he had threatened to kill the driver with a knife after the latter insisted that he pay the Dh50 fare.

Presiding Judge Hamad Abdul Latif Abdul Jawad said the knife would be confiscated.

Early morning

“Yes, I am guilty, Sir,” said C.B. when he appeared in court. The driver testified that the incident happened at around 2am on Bani Yas Road.

“The defendant asked me to take him to International City. When we reached the China cluster, the defendant lost directions to his house. When the meter read Dh50, the accused asked me to drop him off. He did not have enough money to pay me when I asked him to do so. He asked me to wait until he got money from his house… I refused and ordered him to pay me instantly. He then pulled out a knife from his pocket and pointed it at my belly. and said, ‘Do you want the money now?” S.H. told prosecutors.

The primary verdict remains subject to appeal within 15 days.