Court suspends Dubai salesman’s jail term for decapitation threat

The salesman threatened to cut off the head of the Russian worker over a disagreement about $200 owed.

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DUBAI // A salesman who threatened to decapitate a man over a debt of US$200 has had his sentence suspended.

A O, 46, from Tajikistan was handed a three-month jail term by the Dubai Criminal Court last month.

As he was not present during the first trial, he was given a retrial.

Yesterday morning the court suspended his prison sentence. The court heard that on October 6 of 2012, A O, came into the shop where R P, 30, from Russia, was working.

A O asked for $200 in return for promoting the shop and bringing in customers, but R P refused to pay.

“He came back with two other men and said if I didn’t pay him he will cut off my head,” said R P.

R P’s mother testified that she knew the defendant was part of a criminal gang that embezzled shop owners.

“I previously filed a complaint against him,” said the mother.