Five men get five-year jail terms for kidnapping, robbing women

DUBAI — Five men were each sentenced to five-year imprisonment on Tuesday by the Court of First Instance for kidnapping and robbing two women.

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Published: Thu 28 Oct 2010, 12:08 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:35 PM

The five Chinese, all visitors (aged between 21 and 32), were also to be deported, according to the court’s order.

The incident happened on August 31 last year. The five men and a fugitive lured two compatriot women to ride in their four-wheel drive. Then they blindfolded the women and threatened them with a knife. They also tied them up to steal their money.

One of the women, a 42-year-old Chinese hairdresser, told prosecutors that she received a phone call from one of the defendants that day. “He wanted a massage service and offered Dh100 an hour,” she said.They agreed to meet around 7pm the same day in the Chinese Cluster in International City. The defendants picked her and her friend up in a tinted four-wheel drive.

The moment they got into the vehicle, a man brandished a knife and placed it on her neck while he gagged her friend. “We were asked not to scream or resist. They then tied us up with a wire and blindfolded us while covering our mouth.” One of them told the women “your fate is in your hands”. The man assaulted them badly and then threatened to bury them in the sand if they did not pay a ransom of Dh25,000.

She called her husband in China and told him to transfer the sum to her.

She said the defendants then stole her purse in which there were a mobile phone, US dollars, 70,000 Iranian Tomans and dirhams.

However, the defendants could not collect the ransom because the woman’s husband in China informed the police and the sum, deposited in a bank in the UAE, was instantly seized.

The Dubai Police arrested the defendants following reports from several Chinese women about being kidnapped, robbed under force and threat.

Another Chinese woman and her friend, who were robbed in Naif, helped the police set the defendants up. When she was released to pay the ransom, she informed the police.

As she went to hand over the ransom money, the police officers who were watching from a distance nabbed one of the defendants who resisted fiercely. He named his accompliwces and admitted that he had committed seven other similar crimes without identifying the victims.

He admitted that they kidnapped the women to a sandy location in Ajman. When the police raided the defendants’ place in Sharjah, the officers found several items reported as stolen in other incidents and plastic cuffs used in their crimes.

The four-wheel drive used in kidnapping the victims was found to be rented.

All defendants were arrested except the man who was driving the jeep on the day of the incident mentioned in this particular case.

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