Driver claims he was stabbed by pedestrian




A MOTORIST claims he was stabbed by a pedestrian in his car for honking at him.

The Bahraini driver, 24, said he sounded his horn at a 40-year-old Bangladeshi because he was taking too long to cross the road in Salmaniya.

However, he claims the pedestrian screamed at him, smashed his windscreen with a metal tool, opened the car door and stabbed him repeatedly with a knife.

The incident happened in December 2012 and both men have been charged with assault, but the Bangladeshi pleaded not guilty as he appeared for the first hearing at the High Criminal Court yesterday, while the Bahraini failed to attend.

‘While I was heading out of work I found an Asian guy crossing the road very slowly, so I honked my horn to alert him but he reacted by screaming loudly and came closer to me and shouted again in his language,’ the Bahraini previously told prosecutors.

‘I got out of the car, but he pushed me and I pushed him back.

‘He then punched me and when he found that he was too short to beat me properly, he ran and returned with a metal tool in less than 30 seconds.

‘He hit the glass with the tool twice and opened the door. I tried to defend myself by kicking him with my legs, but I saw him taking out a knife and stabbing me three or four times.

‘I tried to hold the knife, but he stabbed me in my fingers and hit my shoulder with his metal tool.’

However, the Bangladeshi, who is accused of causing permanent disability to the Bahraini, claimed he was attacked for no reason and acted in self-defence.

‘I go to this place everyday because I need to find a job,’ he said.

‘On that day a white car stopped and all of a sudden five Bahrainis got out and attacked me for no reason.


‘I had some construction tools in my hand including a metal one, so I broke the front glass of the car and took a knife to defend myself, but I didn’t attack anyone.

‘Then policemen approached me and arrested me.’

Meanwhile, a 51-year-old Bahraini passer-by claimed he saw the Bahraini being attacked by the Bangladeshi, saying the latter threatened anyone who tried to stop him.

‘I saw the Bahraini lying on the road bleeding and the Bangladeshi was holding a knife in one hand and a metal tool in another,’ he said in a prosecution statement.

‘He threatened people who were standing around him and said he would attack anyone who gets near him.

‘I tried to calm him down and held one of his hands while another man held his other hand.

‘I even got hurt by mistake and I later found people attacking him, but I didn’t join in.’

A medical examiner’s report concluded the Bahraini suffered wounds to his left leg, knee and both hands, including a hand tendon injury.

Video footage recorded by a CCTV security camera in the area is being used as evidence.

The trial was yesterday adjourned until October 2 to summon the Bahraini motorist.


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