Crime and Courts

Two Emiratis offer Dubai expat a lift, rob him of Dh4,000

Filed on November 17, 2019 | Last updated on November 17, 2019 at 04.31 pm
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They drove to a remote location where they stripped him all the cash he had.

Two Emiratis allegedly lured an Indian man with a Dh15 ride before they forcefully robbed him of over Dh 4,000, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Sunday.

According to public prosecution records, the incident took place on June 4 when the pair, including a 27-year-old employee and a runaway, offered the complainant a ride for Dh15 in Nad Al Sheba. However, they drove to a remote location where they stripped him of Dh4,050, which was all the cash he had, and forced him out of their car. A case was registered at Bur Dubai police station.

The defendant has been charged with helping and abetting in the robbery.

The complainant, a 59-year-old cook, said he was waiting at the bus stop around 4pm in Nad Al Sheba. "A car stopped for me and the defendant was driving. He asked where I was going and he offered to take me there for Dh15. Shortly into the trip, I noticed he was taking another way."

The accused then claimed he would drop his friend first. "He pulled over and the man riding in the passenger seat made sure no one was passing by. The latter then accused me of stealing his money. He grabbed me by my shirt while the driver took the money from my wallet," the cook recounted.

The complainant was then pushed out of the car. "They threw my wallet at me. I tried in vain to see their car's plate number but they just sped off."

He filed a complaint at Bur Dubai police station. About two months later, he was summoned by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and he identified the accused as the man who was driving the car on the day of the incident.

A police sergeant told the prosecution investigator that the complaint they received from the cook was similar to many other robbery reports filed at the same period. "In one of those complaints, we could spot the suspect's face through the surveillance cameras. After arresting him, we called for the victims in the various robberies, including the complainant in this case. The defendant was positively identified in all robberies."

The accused was arrested on September 19.

He has a criminal record in cases of assault, impersonation of police officers and robbery.

The court will issue a ruling on November 24.

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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