x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Maid 'burgled house after spraying inhabitants with drug'

A maid is accused of spraying a mysterious substance on her employer's child and mother-in-law that made them go to sleep while she robbed the house.

DUBAI // A maid sprayed a mysterious drug inside her employer’s house that made its inhabitants go to sleep shortly before she burgled the premises, a court heard yesterday.

The maid has denied charges of theft and damaging property.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard that R?K, a 39-year-old Indian salesman, hired A?P, a 31-year-old from Sri Lanka. On March 9, 2009, the woman’s first day at work, the salesman and his wife went out, leaving their child with his grandmother. The maid then sprayed a substance in the room where the child was playing with his grandmother.

The grandmother, 52, noticed the scent. “I asked the maid but she told me there was no strange smell,” the grandmother said.

She said she woke up half an hour later to find her grandson unconscious and the maid missing. “I checked the house and found the house had been burgled,” she said.

Prosecutors said the maid had broken into the wife’s wardrobe and stolen Dh34,000 in jewellery and Dh18,000 in cash.

The grandmother phoned her daughter, who reported the thefts to Al Qusais police station.

The policeman A?S said officers went to the flat in Al Nahda 1. He said the maid was arrested on August 5, 2009, in Al Rashidiya, and some of the stolen items were found in her room.

A verdict is due on June 14.

salamir@thenational.ae