Man Acquitted of Trying to Sell Another Man’s Villa

DUBAI - The Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the acquittal of a 25-year-old British visitor of attempt to swindle money by selling someone else’s villa but upheld the one-year prison term awarded to him for resisting and assaulting police officers.



By Mary Nammour

Published: Thu 28 Jan 2010, 9:51 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:38 PM

He will be deported after serving the jail term.

On December 15 last year, the Court of First Instance had acquitted the defendant of trying to sell a villa, which was not his, in Palm Jumeirah for Dh16 million.

In the arraignment sheet, the Public Prosecution said the defendant tried to sell the property belonging to others even without a power of attorney to dispose it of.

The lower court sentenced the visitor to one year in prison for resisting and assaulting police officers and giving them a false name when confronted. He was also found guilty of forging an entry permit stamp and passport. The court also ordered his deportation.

The prosecution and the defendant appealed the verdict.

According to the case, two British nationals called Jebel Ali police station on June 17 last year and complained about a person who was trying to sell a villa, which was not his, for Dh16 million.

When the cops trapped the defendant outside the villa, they were met with resistance and ended up with bruises and scratches.

“A British man (the defendant) called me up asking me to help him sell his villa in Palm Jumeirah for Dh16 million. I told him to send a copy of his passport and the real estate ownership documents,” the complainant, a British real estate agent, told the police.

The defendant sent the agent some documents through email. “When I showed those documents to some friends, who work in the real estate field, I was told the villa was owned by another British citizen,” the agent added.

He, therefore, contacted the villa’s real owner and warned him about what might happen. “The villa’s owner got very surprised to know about it. But he asked me to go along with the ‘fake owner’ so that the police could catch him,” the agent said.

The agent came to know that the defendant had the villa’s key and fixed a date to meet him to see the villa. The police were informed about the time and place of meeting.

“When I saw a person stepping off from a cab and the complainant signalled to me that it was our wanted guy, we intervened,” said a police officer. Before they could show their identity cards, the man assaulted the cops and tried to run away.

mary@khaleejtimes.com


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