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Man 'who drank one-and-a-half bottle of whisky attacks officers twice’

Bahrain News
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
By Noor Zahra

A DRUNK Yemeni allegedly assaulted Bahraini police officers twice when they responded to reports of a street brawl.

The 29-year-old is said to have attacked the two officers after intercepting their patrol vehicle in the middle of a highway and forcing them to stop.

He had already punched one of the officers in the face when they initially confronted him, a court heard.

“I confronted him about attacking people and he took me by surprise when he punched me in the left eye,” one of the policemen said in his statement to prosecutors.

“He fled on foot and I went back to the police vehicle.

“My colleague drove the vehicle and we were on our way to the BDF Hospital so I could receive medical treatment.

“However, on our way to the hospital we saw him (the Yemeni) standing in the middle of the highway as he intercepted our path.

“He forced us to a stop and attacked my colleague, who was driving the vehicle.

“He then assaulted me a second time and we had to call for backup.

“Several policemen came to our aid and we arrested the defendant.”

The incident happened in Riffa last April and the Yemeni is now standing trial in the High Criminal Court for assault and being drunk and disorderly.

It occurred at around 3.30am outside a garage, but the Yemeni claimed he was so drunk after 11 hours of drinking that he could not remember what happened.

He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

“I was so intoxicated I could not control myself because I drank a bottle and a half of whisky,” the defendant said in his statement to prosecutors.

“I was drinking from 4pm until 3am and don’t remember what happened after that.

“I was with a group of friends and we all brought our own alcohol.

“I bought a whisky bottle for BD14 and drank it all before I also drank another half a bottle of whisky.”

The trial has been adjourned until February 14 for prosecution witnesses to give evidence.

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