Dubai wife fined Dh500 for hitting husband

A woman has been fined for beating her husband in a row although a policewoman testifies that the wife had bruises all over her body the day after the fight.

DUBAI // A housewife who threw plates at her policeman husband and beat him up in a row over the air-conditioning has been fined Dh500.

But the Misdemeanour Court also referred her husband to the Criminal Court on charges of making threats to kill her.

NS, a 26-year-old Emirati, admitted the pair, who have two children, had been arguing, but claimed that it was her husband, Emirati HM, also 26, who became violent, assaulting her with a stick.

On May 4, the day after the fight, she went to the police station and lodged a complaint against him, noting that during their four years of marriage he had often assaulted her for no reason.

The wife alleged that her husband threatened to kill her if she failed to withdraw the complaint.

During prosecution interrogations the husband denied threatening and insulting his wife, saying that she made up the allegations because he wanted to leave her and take custody of the children.

However, the policewoman, AB, testified that she knew the couple and that the policeman had assaulted his wife before, and had previously signed two undertakings not to do so again.

The policewoman said that after the row over the air-conditioning she visited the wife at home and saw bruises all over her body.