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Hospital employee jailed for stealing Dh20,000 from a patient in Dubai

Filed on February 2, 2020 | Last updated on February 2, 2020 at 03.58 pm
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A witness said the money belonged to his 26-year-old Nigerian sister-in-law who gave birth in October last year.

A Dubai expat has been sentenced to six months in jail by the Court of First Instance after he was found guilty of stealing Dh20,000 from a patient at a hospital where he worked.

A witness said the money belonged to his 26-year-old Nigerian sister-in-law who gave birth in October last year.

"Relatives and friends helped her towards settling the hospital expenses. On the day of the incident, the money was left for some time at the reception. It was gone when I came to take it," he recounted during the investigation.

Through the CCTV cameras in place, the defendant - a 31-year-old Filipino who worked at the hospital - was caught taking the bag while it was left unattended. The police arrested him after checking the security footage.

A complaint was lodged at Al Rafaa police station.

The accused denied the theft charge, but the court found him guilty. It also ordered that he be deported after his jail term.

The ruling can be appealed.

mary@khaleejtimes.com

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...


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