Drugged man kills neighbor
A drugged Emirati walking his pet monkey poured sand into his neighbor’s mouth, choking him to death, in a dispute over a barmaid, the National daily reported on its Web site on Tuesday. “A drugged-up man walking his monkey kicked his neighbor to the ground, bit his nose and poured sand into his mouth before leaving him to die in a dispute over a barmaid,” the daily said. The two men had an argument over the woman — the victim’s girlfriend — as the defendant, identified by the daily as 31-year-old SE, was walking his monkey. SE told the Dubai Criminal Court his neighbor “attacked him with a razor blade and slashed his head” as he was “tying his monkey to a pole” before spraying sand in his face and poking him in the eye. The defendant responded by punching him in the face and kicking him. The man took his monkey and fled after he noticed his neighbor’s condition deteriorating, the newspaper added.
Police capture crocodile
Policemen say they have captured a crocodile that has been on the lam since fleeing a zoo two years ago. Lieutenant Colonel Samih al-Sultan says police had been chasing the reptile for weeks after he was spotted in a sewage pond. He says they did not know how to catch him, so they searched online for a solution. Sultan says they finally caught the crocodile by entangling him in shark nets. He was returned to the zoo on Tuesday. The policeman says the 1.75m reptile had not hurt anybody, but was frightening sanitation workers.
Argument leads to shooting
An argument over a parking space between parents at a Johannesburg primary school prize-giving ended in a shooting that left three people injured and one man facing attempted murder charges, police said. Times newspaper said two mothers were arguing with another parent over the same parking spot at Culembeek Primary School west of Johannesburg before one of them ran off to get help from a relative. “When the man arrived, the argument escalated,” the paper quoted a mother who witnessed the Monday evening incident as saying. “The gunshots came from nowhere,” she said. “The person just pulled out a gun and started going wild.”
Policeman kills ex-girlfriend
A policeman firing a shotgun killed his ex-girlfriend in a police station as she filed a harassment complaint against him, authorities said on Tuesday. The policeman and the woman separated a few months ago and a judge had issued a restraining order against the officer. The shooting took place in Puerto Iguazu, the town closest to the famed waterfall of the same name.
Driver to wear ‘idiot’ sign
A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots. Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” The judge ordered her to wear the sign from 7:45am to 8:45am both days. Hardin’s license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay US$250 in court costs.