x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Men 'robbed and deserted' after paying for a lift to Abu Dhabi

Two men were offered a lift to Abu Dhabi from Sharjah but were instead robbed and left in the middle of nowhere, hears court.

DUBAI // Two men who were robbed and dumped “in the middle of nowhere” apprehended their attackers an hour later after walking to the nearest restaurant, a court heard today.

Prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court the two Bangladeshi victims, M?B, 29, a carpenter, and M?S, were standing near the National Paints bridge in Sharjah at about 8pm on August 24, looking for a lift.

A car with four Pakistanis – A?H, 30; M?J, 23; M?A and M?W – stopped and offered to take them to Abu Dhabi for Dh25. The men agreed and got in the car.

But during the journey they stopped in a sandy, deserted area the Bangladeshis described as “the middle of nowhere”.

They said the Pakistanis threatened them at knifepoint, ordering them to hand over all their money and valuables.

The men gave them their phones, Dh300 and currency from their home country before being thrown out of the car, which sped off.

The two men walked for more than an hour before they reached a restaurant.

“To our surprise we saw two of the defendants, so we attacked them and restrained them before calling police,” one of the Bangladeshis said.

The four Pakistanis did not enter a plea and the case was adjourned to January 8.

salamir@thenational.ae