x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Three posed as officers to assault, rob man, court told

They stole Dh2,000 from a man on his way home from a Dubai supermarket, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // Two brothers accused of kidnapping, assaulting and robbing a man denied the charges this morning in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

A third defendant was referred to Juvenile Court on the same charges.

The defendants, AJ, a driver and TJ, a student, both Pakistanis, are listed in documents as being 21. But they told the court AJ was 20 and his brother 19. 

According to court records, in October 2010 AJ, TJ and the juvenile posed as public employees to AM, a 28-year-old worker, as he was walking home from a supermarket in Al Qouz area.

AM testified they told him they were from the Criminal Investigation Division and asked him for his identification. They then forced him into a car and used handcuffs to restrain him while they assaulted him, records said.

Prosecutors said the three stole the victim’s two mobile phones and Dh2,000. 

After they searched AM and took his money, he said they threw him out of the car and drove away, but he memorised the plate number of the Honda Civic they were driving and called police, records show. 

The two defendants were arrested 30 minutes later, according to records. They confessed but claimed they only took Dh200 not Dh2,000. 

Police found Dh1,360 in their possession as well as two sets of handcuffs. 

The next hearing will be on April 26 to assign defence lawyers.

salamir@thenational.ae