Crime and Courts

Man poses as Dubai cop, forcefully pulls woman inside his car Filed on October 22, 2018
Man poses as Dubai cop, forcefully pulls woman inside his car

She was left with scratches in her hand during the encounter.

A 30-year-old man has gone on trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after he allegedly tried to kidnap a Filipina while posing as a policeman.

According to the public prosecution records, the jobless man with a Comoros Islands passport impersonated as a police officer and tried to pull her by force into his car. But his attempt was foiled as the woman did not believe his claims.

The case dates back to January 9. The victim, a 24-year-old working as a supervisor, said that around half past midnight, she was waiting for a friend in Al Rashidiya when the defendant approached her. "He wanted me to ride in his car. He grabbed my right hand and tried to pull me inside by force." 

The imposter pretended to be a cop and tried to convince her for 10 minutes, she told the court. "He accused me of trying to open the parked cars but I insisted I would only get inside an official police patrol car." 

He followed her when she walked into an alley. He even showed her a driving license claiming it was his official ID, she claims.  "As I was about to click a picture of his number plate, he tried to snatch my mobile phone. He pushed me, causing scratches on my body," she said. 

The imposter fled when a resident arrived at the scene hearing the commotion, she told the investigator. The complainant presented a medical certificate in the court stating that she was left with scratches on her hand. 

The defendant confessed during interrogation that he had met the woman on the night of the incident. The court will pronounce the ruling on November 15.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, Lebanese community-related affairs and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, Marie worked as an in-house reporter, covering international affairs for the LBCI and the LBC Sat (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International), a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for Sagesse, a renowned law college in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Marie speaks fluently Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and of the French literature.

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