x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Cross-dressing armed robber was European fleeing debt, court told

An armed robber disguised himself in an abaya and face veil before raiding a Dubai diamond shop, the Misdemeanours Court heard today.

DUBAI // An armed robber disguised himself in an abaya and face veil before raiding a diamond shop, the Misdemeanours Court heard today.

KK, a 35-year-old from France, also packed a plastic gun, knife and duct tape in a handbag before heading to the shop in Al Khor on the evening of Saturday June 1, according to prosecutors.

However, his deep voice betrayed his disguise and the shop owner called police.

When he was arrested he gave police officers a false name, but later confessed to planning to rob the shop. He told them he came to Dubai after the collapse of his business in France left him nearly one million euros in debt and hoped the robbery would enable him to repay this.

He arrived in the emirate three days before the attempted robbery and spent the first two days staking out the shop.

Officers found a plastic gun in his handbag, which he said he bought to carry out the robbery.

One of the man's friends was arrested at the same time, but was later found to be unaware of his intentions.

He was charged with cross dressing and impersonation. He did not enter a plea and was ordered to return to court on July 10, when a French language translator will be present.

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