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'Burglars demanded massage'

Two men broke into a health club and demanded a massage at 4.30am, hears court.

DUBAI // Two men broke into a health club and demanded a massage at 4.30am, a court heard today.

The Dubai Criminal Court was told that KR, 32, and SR, 31, both unemployed Emiratis, knocked violently on the door of the health club in Al Qusais in the early hours of April 9 and woke MK, a 38-year-old masseuse from Thailand. When she opened the door they demanded a massage, but she told them it was too late and that they should return in the morning. They then pushed their way in and locked the door behind them.

The masseuse ran behind the reception table and tried to phone for help but one of the men, KR, stopped her. "He tried to touch me but I moved away from him," she said.

She then escaped to the roof of the building and screamed for help.

But before it could arrive KR entered the bedroom of another worker at the parlour, 25-year-old PF, also from Thailand, and began to grope her, waking her up.

The two men then fled the premises, stealing a laptop and two mobile phones on the way, and locking the door behind them.

When police arrived they had to break down the door to rescue the women.

Officers tracked the mobile phones to AR, 41, who said he bought them from his half brother for Dh300. He denied a charge of possessing stolen items, while KR and SR denied breaking and entering.

A verdict was scheduled for July 15.

salamir@thenational.ae