Man who bit Dubai grocer's fingertip off jailed

A man was sentenced to jail for biting off the tip of a salesman's finger because of a disagreement about prices.

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DUBAI // A man who bit off the tip of a grocer’s finger during a row over the price of fruit and veg was today sent to prison for three months.

D?A?K, 45, from Bangladesh, was  also ordered to pay Dh21,000 in compensation – a temporary payout pending any civil case – and will be deported after serving his jail term.

The grocer’s brother had argued with another Bangladeshi, M?A, 30, over the cost of items he had bought from the store at Al Aweer Fruit and Vegetables Market.

The Bangladeshi threatened to slap the grocer’s brother with his shoe, so the grocer intervened and pushed the Bangladeshi away.

D?A?K arrived soon afterwards and a fight broke out, during which he bit off the tip of the grocer’s finger.

A forensics report stated it could not be reattached because a part of the bone had been lost.

At the Criminal Court, both Bangladeshis denied assault and causing a permanent disability. M?A was cleared.