x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dubai porter to pay Dh2,000 for pack of cigarettes

A porter from Dubai International Airport has been fined Dh2,000 by the criminal court.

DUBAI // A porter at Dubai Airport who stole a pack of cigarettes and headphones from passengers' luggage has been fined Dh2,000.

AS, 24, from Kenya was caught on camera stealing from passengers' luggage, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

His supervisor, RZ, 30, from India, testified that he watched a surveillance recording showing a porter rifling through luggage as it was being loaded onto a plane on September 3 last year.

"The person's face in the recording was not clear but he was wearing a band around his wrist, and the only one in my team who wears such a band is [AS]," said the supervisor.

Emirati police officer OK, 28, testified that under interrogation the porter initially denied stealing anything, but then changed his story and confessed, saying he would often take items that fell out of passengers' luggage as he loaded the aeroplanes.

In court, the porter denied the theft charge. "No, I didn't steal them your honour," he told the judge. "I found them and took them."

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