Man jailed for attack on police officer

DUBAI // A man who attacked a policeman and broke one of his legs was sentenced to three months in prison by a Dubai court yesterday.

JE, 31, from Nigeria, confessed to attacking the officer but denied knowing he was a policeman. He said he had been approached by eight men who did not identify themselves as policemen, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard.

"I don't fight with police, I am a father and have two sons," JE said.

On February 2, 2010, the Naif police station was tipped off about three Nigerian men - including JE - possessing forged credit cards, .

When the police corporal FA inquired about JE at the reception area of a hotel that night, JE charged FA and assaulted him. Police said FA had been unable to defend himself because he was working alone.

Following the assault, FA required surgery. A medical report said FA suffered a 10 per cent disability in his leg due to the assault.

JE will be deported after serving his prison term.