Fake cop robs man of Dh1,800 mobile phone in Sharjah

Fake cop robs man of Dh1,800 mobile phone in Sharjah

Sharjah - The Sharjah Police arrested the accused.

By Amira Agarib

Published: Wed 23 May 2018, 4:42 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 May 2018, 6:46 PM

A 36-year-old Asian has been sentenced to six months in jail by the Sharjah Criminal Court for impersonating as cop and robbing a man of Dh1,800 as well as his mobile phone. He will be deported after serving the jail term. 
The Sharjah Police arrested the accused, along with his accomplices, after the victim lodged a complaint.
The victim said he was walking after midnight near his house when the accused  posed as a police officer and frisked him. He was joined by two other suspects. They robbed him of Dh1,800 and his mobile phone. Before fleeing, they assaulted him and tied him up. 
During the court hearing, the accused denied the charges and said he knew the complainant - who is his neighbour- and had a dispute with him after he prevented him from gambling in front of his room.
The defence lawyer, Iman al-Riyami, pleaded that her client and the complainant lived in the same apartment. However, the victim had told during prosecution investigations that he did not know the accused and had never seen him before.
The defence lawyer pointed out that the complainant had said that the assault caused him two wounds in the hand, while the forensic report showed that there was only one wound. She added that the complainant had lodged the case only after 17 hours of the "incident".
She said the complainant had provided contradictory testimonies and there was no conclusive evidence to prove the charges against her client. The lawyer requested the court to hear the witnesses who can confirm that her client was in the house with them and was  fast asleep. However, the court rejected the lawyer's plea.

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