Domestic worker fined Dh5,000 for stealing sheep

A Bangladeshi domestic worker has been ordered by a court to pay Dh5,000 in fine for stealing sheep from his sponsor’s farm, and then selling them to a shepherd.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Thu 27 Feb 2014, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:20 PM

The Court of First Instance cleared the shepherd of the charge of possession of stolen property.

According to the case, the 32-year-old domestic worker, A.M., stole six sheep in December last year and then sold them to a Pakistani shepherd, K.K., 61. The latter was accused of buying the sheep while aware of the fact that they were stolen.

The worker’s sponsor, an 80-year-old retired Emirati man, told the prosecution that he found out the theft when he went to Al Ruwayah to buy feed for the cattle. “I saw some sheep of the same breed that I owned and got suspicious that they might be mine.”

The complainant enquired with a vendor there about the sheep. “He told me that K.K., a shepherd, sold them to him. I alerted the Al Habab police about my suspicion that the sheep K.K. owned might be stolen from me.”

A police corporal, who interrogated K.K., quoted him as admitting that he purchased six sheep from A.M., and another accomplice, from a farm in Al Ruwayah for Dh2,400.

A.M. confessed he had an accomplice, still at large.

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