x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Five robbers to stay in jail after losing appeal at Dubai court

Five men who drugged and robbed a man have their three-year jail term upheld by the Appeals Court.

DUBAI // Five men who drugged a tyre salesman and stole Dh9,000 from him had their three-year jail sentences upheld by the Appeals Court today.

The men lured the salesman to a restaurant in Industrial Al Aweer with the promise of a deal, but when he arrived they spiked his drink with Lorazepam and left him unconscious after stealing his belongings.

A passer-by found him lying in the street on August 31 last year and alerted police. The still unconscious salesman was then taken to Rashid Hospital where he woke up.

When police arrested the five men they found 35 Lorazepam tablets and 769 other pills in their possession. The men confessed to carrying out several other robberies using the same method and said they imported the drugs from Pakistan.

At the Criminal Court the five men denied charges of forceful theft and endangering the life of a compatriot, but were found guilty. The Appeals Court upheld the verdict.

TT, 37, MA, 32, MT, 28, OD, 36 and MM, 29, all from Pakistan, will be deported after completing their jail terms.