The death of a man at
Four men arrested following the incident have now been convicted of wrongfully causing Al Habsi's death after a court heard the bolt that held the panel was corroded. A report presented to Dubai Misdemeanours Court by an inspector from Dubai Municipality revealed the bolt broke and both it and the 4.5m-long board it was holding in place fell, striking Al Habsi on the head. The debris also struck three other men stood next to him.
The inspector said: "There was some rust on the bolt and this is the reason behind the accident as it was holding the board, which contained lights 30m up."
The accident happened on
Prosecutors said the defendants were negligent as they had not followed safety procedures.
"Their negligence in not carrying out the necessary maintenance caused the accident," a statement from Dubai Public Prosecution said. "They didn't follow the safety instructions of the manufacturer. There was also a mistake in how they put the board together, which also led to the bolt disconnecting from the 40kg board and falling on the public."
The court fined the men Dhs10,000 each, but suspended their sentence. The men were also all ordered to pay Dhs200,000 blood money to the deceased's family. Dubai Public Prosecution has appealed against the sentence and the case is now going through the appeal court.
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