An Emirati police corporal, who was on duty at the shopping centre inside which the store is located on July 9, 2009, told the prosecutor that as soon as the cops were informed about the theft, they went to the store.
“We learnt that an Arab woman forgot her purse in which there was Dh30,000 and Omani riyals.” The corporal headed to the security room in the shopping centre and learnt that the defendant had handed the purse to the woman in the room but she said the money was not inside.
The defendant was called to the police post at the centre. There, he claimed that he did not know what was inside the purse.
He later acknowledged that his friend took the money. The police officer then went to the shop and the staff told him that the defendant kept the purse on the pretext of handing it over to the security personnel.
When asked again, the defendant said his friend did not want to come to the police post.
The salesman was arrested and referred to the Rashidiya police station. During interrogation, he said he was facing financial hardship and he stole the purse for that reason.
A Filipina saleswoman told the prosecutor that the complainant had come earlier that day and bought items from the shop. Later, another customer informed her about a purse left at the counter.
She informed the defendant who was her supervisor. He kept the purse on the pretext that he would hand it over to the security personnel.
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Over 100 people in Lebanon have been reported killed during the hostilities started on October 7