x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Porter jailed for stealing jewellery

A former porter at Dubai International Airport is sentenced to three months in prison for stealing jewellery from luggage.

DUBAI // A former porter at Dubai International Airport was sentenced yesterday to three months in prison for stealing jewellery from luggage. WL, 24, from India, was convicted in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance of taking four silver bracelets from a bag destined for an aircraft on December 4. An airport security guard told prosecutors that WL triggered an alarm when he passed through a security scanner. When he was searched, two bracelets were found in his possession.

When he passed through the scanner a second time another two bracelets were discovered. The guard said the defendant had confessed to him, saying he stole the items while he was transporting luggage to an aircraft. He said the man claimed that when piece of luggage fell off the carriage a smaller bag dropped from it in which he found the bracelets. WL, however, denied the charge when he first appeared in court on January 26.

The court yesterday sentenced him to three months in jail at Al Aweer prison. He has already served 65 days of his sentence. amustafa@thenational.ae