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Emirati student denies killing Indian businessman during Dubai hotel row

Report claims defence team will argue Mahendran Yadav's death was caused by a head injury when he was knocked him off an ambulance trolley while being transported to hospital

Emirati student denies killing Indian businessman during Dubai hotel row

An Emirati student has denied fatally punching an Indian real estate boss during a row in a Dubai hotel, with his legal team set to argue the death was caused by a head injury the businessman sustained while he was being transported by ambulance to hospital, it was reported.

The 22-year-old Emirati, named as KK, is accused of punching 45-year-old Mahendran Yadav twice in the head and face during a row over the Indian property manager taking photos on his mobile phone.

The punch led Yadav to fall to the ground unconscious and he later died of a brain haemorrhage at Rashid Hospital. The incident took place at the One&Only Royal Mirage on Sunday, August 9.

At a hearing at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday KK denied the charge of manslaughter. “No, I never caused his death,” KK was quoted as saying in court by Gulf Today newspaper.

However, sources told 7DAYS newspaper KK’s legal team will argue that Yadav’s death was not directly caused by their client’s actions but by a mistake by ambulance crew when they were transporting him to hospital.

“They [paramedics] knocked him off the trolley while they were transferring him to the ambulance. His head hit the ground and that’s what caused the bleeding inside the brain and caused his death later,” an unnamed source was quoted as telling 7DAYS.

During the September 27 court hearing, a 23-year-old Indian waiter, who had attempted to revive Yadav by throwing water on his face, testified that he did not see the businessman fall off the ambulance trolley.

Another witness, a 31-year-old Canadian businessman who was part of Yadav’s group, confirmed that the argument began over concerns the Emirati had that the photos the group were taking could include images of his fiancée sitting nearby.

“We don’t know the reason behind the assault and all the pictures were group pictures and we didn’t take pictures of the suspect or the girl who was sitting with him,” the witness told the court.

The venue’s Egyptian manager told the court he tried to intervene in the dispute and pull KK away from Yadav: “He told me that the victim had photographed him some 50 to 60 times.”

KK’s defence team appealed to the court to give more time to compile evidence and the case has been adjourned until October 25, with the defendant remaining in custody.

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Husam Yaghi 5 years ago

Just to let you know that there are forensic software tools which would show if the subject phone had any pictures of the concerned people. Such tools would show the images even if deleted.

aby 5 years ago

there should be etiquette of using the phone, like when using the elevator or the roads. people privacy should be respected, may god rest his soul.

CBB 5 years ago

No one is above the law and has the right to physically assault another even if he/she is at fault. Also, if the defendant had a concern, he should've just reported it to the hotel's management. A silly incident such as this is more a question of bloated egos and its only a split second decision that could ruin one's life...God bless the departed.

Peter Peter 5 years ago

Dubai is dependant on tourists and visiting businessmen. I am sure a vast majority of them are not aware of the acute sensibilities of the local population against being photographed.

But what ever the situation what right did KK have to resort to physical violence ? A polite request to Yadav would have most likely elicited a quick apology and the deletion of all images that could have contained the lady's images.

If KK was so concerned about his privacy then he should not go to public places like hotel lobbies.