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Man robbed after withdrawing Dh200,000 from Dubai bank, court hears

Shortly after withdrawing the money, SA was grabbed from behind by a robber who gouged his eyes and tried to snatch the envelope containing the cash from him.

DUBAI // A man was robbed after withdrawing Dh200,000 from a bank, a court heard today.

SA withdrew the money from an Emirates NBD branch on Al Maktoum street on February 21 and put it in a white envelope before walking off. But shortly afterwards he was grabbed from behind by a robber who gouged his eyes and tried to snatch the envelope from him.

"I resisted, the envelope tore and the money fell on the ground and I started shouting," the man recalled.

The thief grabbed some of the fallen money and ran away.

Four people have been charged over the robbery. RM, 32, a public relations officer from Morocco, is accused of carrying out the robbery with the help of his countryman MH, 28, a watchman. Two women, RA, 30, unemployed, and LI, 26, a saleswoman, also from Morocco, were accused of helping them by putting the victim under surveillance.

The public relations officer and the two women were confronted about the case while under arrest at Al Muraqabbat police station on March 6 in connection with another crime.

Court records did not show when the watchman was arrested.

Prosecutors claim that all four confessed during interrogation.

However, in court all four denied the charges.

The next hearing was scheduled for June 6.

wissa@thenational.ae