Crime and Courts

Woman lures tourist to hotel apartment in Dubai, assaults and robs him

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on July 27, 2020 | Last updated on July 27, 2020 at 04.18 pm
Woman, lures, tourist, hotel apartment, Dubai, assaults, robs him

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Public prosecution records show the incident took place on February 17. It was reported at Bur Dubai police station.

A woman has been charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance after she allegedly assaulted an Arab tourist at a flat and robbed him of cash and his mobile phone.

The woman - a 23-year-old Nigerian on a visit visa - is accused of forceful robbery, illegal imprisonment, and issuing threats to kill or inflict harm on others. Public prosecution records show the incident took place on February 17. It was reported at Bur Dubai police station.

During the investigation, it transpired that the woman - a Nigerian - had set up a fake account on social media and got in touch with the complainant. After luring him into a flat - rented for the robbery purpose - she and her accomplices (fugitives) tied up the man and robbed him under threats and intimidation.

The complainant, a 32-year-old, told the investigator that the woman, together with another woman and three men, punched him all over his body after they locked him inside their hotel 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."

After the robbery, the group fled the scene.

A police lieutenant said he interrogated the defendant after receiving the tourist's complaint.

The defendant will be sentenced on August 20. 


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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