Dubai: British teen in court over kickboxing match that left student in coma

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Dubai’s: British teen in court over kickboxing match that left student in coma

A verdict was expected on Wednesday (March 27) in the case of a British teenager who engaged in a kickboxing match that left his schoolmate in a coma.

The case dates back to November 4 last year in the JBR area where the 16-year-old Briton had unsupervised kickboxing with his 17-year-old American schoolmate.

Both teens were not wearing protective headgear during the evening match that lasted five rounds when the Briton landed a kick in the American’s jaw that left the latter unconscious.

A friend of both teenagers said the victim later regained consciousness following the blow to his jaw, but began vomiting, so he was eventually taken to the Rashid Hospital. Doctors found he was suffering from severe bleeding in the skull, which required immediate surgery. The American teen remained in a coma for several days before being discharged on December 15.

Meanwhile, the British teen was charged with physical assault and was detained in a juvenile center for a week. He was released after surrendering his passport.

The case was moved to the Dubai Juveniles Misdemeanour Court where the Briton denied intentionally harming his schoolmate.

In court, his lawyer said the British teen did not have any criminal intent, adding that the “victim’s injury resulted from an engagement in play initiated by the victim himself.” The lawyer also added that the victim is an experienced kickboxer who invited their mutual friends to watch the fight. ICA/Expat Media

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