x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Cleaner stole €21,000 from sheikh, court hears

Cleaner is accused of stealing €21,000 (Dh94,574) from the sheikh he was working for.

ABU DHABI // A cleaner today admitted stealing €21,000 (Dh94,574) from a sheikh he worked for.

The criminal court heard that SM, from India, was employed to clean the sheikh's bedroom and would travel with his employer on trips abroad.

He admitted that he would take "small" amounts of money - up to US$1,000 - every time he went to clean the sheikh's room, as he would often find notes of money lying around.

However, he avoided suspicion until he stole the €21,000. When the sheikh noticed the amount was missing he locked his employers inside until he had checked the CCTV cameras and discovered the cleaner stealing the money from a bag.

"You noticed the bag had a lot of money because it was heavy, so you stole its key and, wearing gloves, took the money," Chief Justice Sayed Abdul Baseer, head of the court, read out to SM from the case file.

"The Sheikh pays you a lot why would you rob him?" asked the judge.

A verdict was scheduled for August 11.

hdajani@thenational.ae