Worker accused of stealing 38 barrels

A warehouse worker stole 38 barrels belonging to a maritime trading company and used for alcohol storage, after finishing his night shift, a court heard.

By Marie Nammour

Published: Mon 18 Mar 2013, 9:16 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 4:09 AM

The worker, a 42-year-old Indian, faced a theft charge in the Court of First Instance.

A British manager, 41, said in the investigation that he learnt about the incident from a Bangladeshi worker. He said that the barrels were stolen from a local hotel and belonged to a private trading company.

The manager quoted the worker as saying that he saw the accused transporting the empty barrels from the hotel with two other men, loading them onto a truck and heading to an unknown destination.

The manager summoned the accused and the latter admitted that he stole the barrels, which were empty of alcohol. The prices of those barrels differ according to their size and range from $100 to $150, the manager said.

The manager called the police and the accused was arrested. The Bangladeshi worker said in the prosecution investigation that he was at his work at the hotel when he saw the defendant transporting the barrels with two Asian men at about 9am on January 14.

This raised his suspicions since the defendant’s shift ended at 7am. The accused, however, fooled the worker saying he would show him the company’s order for transportation and fled the place with the two men.

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