Man given jail term then deportation for smashing up room in Dubai isolation centre

The Pakistani was taken to Al Warsan as he had nowhere to isolate himself

The man denied a premeditated murder charge and the next hearing will be on November 15. The National
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A man was sentenced to three months in jail then deportation for causing damage at an isolation centre in Dubai.

The Pakistani was taken to Al Warsan in Dubai’s Hind Humanitarian City in June as he had nowhere to isolate himself on arrival in the emirate.

Quarantine was part of official coronavirus safety measures at that time.

The 31-year-old said he became stressed and smashed up his room. He ripped off a wardrobe door and caused damage to the ceiling.

An Emirati lawyer for Dubai Health Authority called police on June 21 after learning of the outburst from the centre's security officers.

“The incident happened at Building A11, which was under the supervision of Dubai Police,” said the lawyer.

The man admitted damaging public property.

He told the judges he was sent to the centre because he had no place of his own to stay.

“I was emotionally distressed and lost control of my actions,” he said.