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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Men who robbed woman before she fell to her death lose appeal bid

Woman died as she tried to escape by jumping onto a neighbouring balcony

Two men jailed for three years for robbing a woman who then fell to her death lost an appeal against their sentences.

The two Uzbek men and a third compatriot, all aged between 24 and 35, met the victim at a nightclub in Dubai and agreed to pay her Dh1,000 for sex.

The trio and the woman, whose age and nationality were not disclosed in court, were seen on CCTV entering a hotel apartment rented by one of the defendants in Al Qusais.

Footage then captured two of the men running from the hotel shortly after.

Police received a report of a woman falling to her death from the third floor of the hotel.

“Upon inspection, we found minor knife wounds on both her hands and dust on her clothes,” said an Emirati police captain, 31.

He said investigations revealed that she was trying to escape after being locked up by the men in the apartment after an argument.

She tried to jump onto the next apartment’s balcony but fell, the court heard.

The two men were accused of holding the woman captive and of stealing Dh2,300 from her. They were charged with confinement, theft and having consensual sex with the victim.

Dubai Appeal Court upheld their three-year jail sentences.

The man who booked the room was arrested after the hotel receptionist gave his details to police.

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During questioning, the 31-year-old said he and his two compatriots met the woman at a nightclub and agreed to go to the hotel to have sex, but that he then left the apartment.

The defendant said he then received a call from the woman asking him to come back. When he returned he found the emergency services at the scene.

“I asked the defendant to call his two friends and ask them to meet with him back at the hotel. When they arrived, we apprehended them,” said an Emirati police major, 35.

The other two men turned up drunk, he said.

Investigations revealed the pair had fought with the woman after she tried to leave the apartment, after receiving a call from another customer.

When the row escalated, they threatened her with a knife. She received wounds to both hands from a struggle.

The two men will be deported after their serving their sentences.

The third man was convicted by a misdemeanors court of consuming alcohol without a licence.