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Woman jailed for robbing Dubai tourist after luring him into a flat

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on August 25, 2020 | Last updated on August 25, 2020 at 06.05 am
crime, court, robbery, Dubai, UAE, tourist, police

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The tourist, a 32-year-old, told investigators that the woman and her group beat him up.

A woman who had been involved in robbing an Arab tourist in Dubai was sentenced to two years in jail.

The 23-year-old African, who was on a visit visa, had set up a fake social media account and lured the man into a hotel apartment, court records show. Together with her accomplices - another woman and three men - the accused assaulted the victim, tied him up at the flat, and robbed him of cash and his mobile phone. The incident, which took place in February, was reported at the Bur Dubai police station. 

The Dubai Court of First Instance found the defendant guilty of robbery, illegal imprisonment, and issuing threats to kill or inflict harm on others. She will be deported upon the completion of her jail term. 

The tourist, a 32-year-old, told investigators that the woman and her group beat him up and punched him all over his body as they locked him up at their apartment. 

"They robbed me of Dh500 and my smartphone while assaulting and threatening to harm me. They deprived me of my freedom for 40 minutes," he said. 

After the robbery, the group fled the scene. A police lieutenant said he interrogated the accused after receiving the tourist's complaint. 

The defendant can appeal the ruling within 15 days. 



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 college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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