Two Canadian women in Dubai were sentenced to six months imprisonment Tuesday for verbally abusing and assaulting an on-duty police officer.

The court heard that the officer, who was on patrol duty, responded to the scene on July 19 last year after receiving a report from a cab driver that the passengers had left without paying him.

"A cab driver told us that he dropped three women and a man at a building, but they just stepped off his car without paying him," the unidentified police officer said.

The police officer reached their apartment complex and asked them to come down. However, when they refused, the officer went up to their apartment. The officer then asked them to present their IDs.

"One of them said she would complain at her country's embassy while she kept talking inappropriately. That woman also said I can't do anything to her," the officer told the investigators.

When the officer finally managed to get the ID of one of the women, she started yelling at him and tried to take her ID back.

"I stopped her. Both women did not respect me or my uniform. They pushed me back,” the officer recalled, adding that he then asked his station incharge to send a policewoman to take the two women into custody.

A police case was filed and the two women, who were drunk at the time of the incident, were found guilty of assaulting a police officer. They were sentenced to imprisonment and were ordered to be deported post the jail term.

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23-year-old Sabita Dookram was arrested for allegedly throwing her newborn baby outside a bathroom window. Getty Images/John Moore