Family jailed for stabbing man in Dubai
Dubai - They suspected him of being involved in the case of their missing daughter.
A 54-year-old woman and her two sons, aged 27 and 19, on trial on an attempted murder charge for stabbing and beating up a compatriot with knives and sticks, were each sentenced to two years in prison by a Dubai court on Sunday.
The mother, along with her sons, had attacked the man as they suspected him of being involved with her then missing 18-year-old daughter
The Emirati family and three other men, also Emiratis, aged between 20 and 23, who received equal penalties, were accused of luring the victim to a villa in Nad Al Hamar where they held him captive in a room for some time. They assaulted him, stripped him naked and filmed him. They also threatened to kill him and circulate his photos if he reported them to the police.
The Court of First Instance found them all guilty of charges of attempted murder, illegal imprisonment, theft, sexual assault and issuing criminal threats.
The case that dates back to September 3 last year was registered at Al Rashidiya police station.
The victim told the prosecutor he met the family's daughter about one month prior to the incident on Instagram but he severed every contact with her after she told him about her domestic problems. "I dropped her at Bur Dubai police station upon her own request and I did not talk to her ever since because I did not want to get into any kind of trouble with her brothers."
However, one of the defendants kept calling him and requested to meet him, while reassuring the victim that he would not hurt him. That was how he was lured into their villa where he was stabbed in his arms, back and other parts of his body and also beaten up.
A police captain said they arrested the mother around 5pm on September 5 last year. "We received a report at 1am, the day before, about a stabbing victim getting treatment at a clinic. We learned from him at the hospital where he was moved that he had been lured into a villa by a family where he was stabbed, kicked and punched."
The victim told the captain that the defendants thought he was aware about the whereabouts of their missing daughter.
One of the then absconding teenager's brothers claimed to the police that the victim had sent him a picture of his sister on Snapchat with a caption: 'Offered for sex for Dh50'.
When the police officers were given the descriptions of the suspects by the victim, they immediately identified them.
The missing teenager was brought from Abu Dhabi by the Dubai CID officers. She had been staying at a friend's place.
The ruling can be appealed within 15 days.