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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 13 November 2018

British woman accused of Rolex theft cleared

Court rules against ex-boyfriend in Dubai hearing

A woman accused of stealing her ex-boyfriend's Dh110,000 Rolex has been found not guilty by Dubai Criminal Court.

Prosecutors said the 25-year-old British woman had stolen the watch and an iPhone after bursting into her ex-boyfriend's flat on March 5 this year.

The court heard how the woman had been accompanied by a friend who allegedly threatened the man with a knife before punching him in the face.

But judges ruled against the ex-boyfriend, saying the woman had only returned to the flat to retrieve belongings that were rightfully hers.

“The man threatened me with the knife before he punched me in the face," the alleged victim told prosecutors.

“He hit me with it on both sides of my face then I pushed him and screamed for security so he ran away."

Court documents showed the incident took place early in the morning at the 30-year-old Nigerian man's home in Al Barsha, Dubai.

The British woman pleaded not guilty to theft while no charges were brought against her friend.

During police questioning, she denied stealing anything from her ex boyfriend and insisted she had only taken items that belonged to her.

“I went over to his apartment with a friend to pick up my things," she said. "They argued and then he grabbed a knife from his kitchen at which point my friend tried to restrain him."