Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 August 2019

Businessman robbed after being promised massage

The 29-year-old was on a business trip to Dubai from Tajikistan

A woman has been accused of promising a tourist a massage and then locking him up and stealing his money.

Dubai Criminal Court heard how the incident happened on March 1 after the 29-year-old businessman from Tajikistan arrived in Dubai on a business trip.

“I went to Naif area to buy electronic devices but the salesman asked me to wait for two hours while my order was prepared,” the man told the hearing.

He said he was then offered a massage by a Ugandan woman, 26, while he killed time.

“We agreed on a Dh10 massage session and so I walked with her,” he said.

“She started massaging me but I didn’t like it so I pushed her away and managed to put on my trousers before two other women stormed in and attacked me.”

The man claimed he was restrained on the bed and robbed of Dh5,400 as well as $8,800 (Dh32,000).

He quickly managed to escape, however, and chased the three women as they fled down a street.

A policeman patrolling the area witnessed the chase and managed to arrest one of the women.

“I arrested the woman,” the officer said. “[The man] said she stole from him but she denied it saying two other women did it.”

The defendant was charged with theft and prostitution, which she admitted in court. The two other women remain at large.

A verdict in her case is expected on June 30.

Updated: May 28, 2019 05:05 PM

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