Man cleared of criminal charge for threatening drivers with toy gun

Technician who threatened to shoot speeding bus drivers with toy gun to be admitted to rehab centre

Dubai: A technician, who was absolved by a court of threatening to kill speeding bus drivers with a toy gun, will be admitted to a rehabilitation centre.


In March, three bus drivers reported the incident to a policeman in Global Village, saying that a person had pointed a gun at them and threatened to shoot if they did not drive at slower speeds.

The policeman then tracked down the man, who turned out to be a 35-year-old Indian technician.

When asked about the drivers’ claims, the man responded that he was angered by a number of reckless and speeding drivers and had asked them to reduce their speeds by showing them a toy gun.

On Wednesday, the Dubai Court of First Instance found the suspect not criminally responsible for his actions [threatening to shoot the drivers with the toy gun if they did not reduce their speeds].

“The suspect was not found to be criminally liable for his actions and he will be admitted to a rehabilitation centre for treatment,” said presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi.

The technician pleaded not guilty in court and contended that he did not have a criminal intention and had used a toy gun, not a real one.

A Bangladeshi bus driver said the suspect approached him while he was picking up passengers. “He pointed his gun at me and asked me to open the window; he said he would kill me if I did not reduce my speed limit while driving. I panicked and drove away quickly. Later, when I went to inform my supervisor, I discovered that he had threatened two co-workers with the gun he had hid inside his jacket,” the bus driver testified.

The other two drivers confirmed their colleague’s statement.

A policeman told the court: “He (the suspect) purported that several reckless and speeding drivers angered him, and that was when he decided to use that method to coerce them to drive slowly,” said the policeman.

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