Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 August 2019

Dubai gang charged with knifepoint robbery

Four men accused of breaking into an apartment to steal cash, jewellery and mobile phones

A gang of four men have been charged with breaking into an apartment and robbing the tenants at knifepoint.

Prosecutors said the accused, aged between 23 and 33 and from Pakistan, posed as police officers as they burst into the flat late at night.

Their victims described being bound by the wrists with plastic ties before having jewellery ripped from their necks.

The gang also made off with their mobile phones and cash.

“I heard a loud noise and found four men inside the apartment,” said one Bangladeshi victim.

“They started restraining us one by one and then one of them slapped me.

“They stole our cash, mobile phones and pulled off our necklaces at knifepoint. They also forced my flatmates to take off their rings. They took everything.”

The attack happened at around 11pm on September 11 last year, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

As the men fled a security guard in the building managed to pin one defendant down and call the police.

Officers then arrested the remainder of the gang two days later.

“When one of the defendants was searched we found some of the stolen items in a plastic bag hidden in his groin,” a police officer told the court.

All four defendants deny robbing the women and the hearing was adjourned until January 7.

Updated: January 1, 2019 04:08 PM