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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 July 2018

Gang who attacked men with hammers and Taser guns in row over massage fees are jailed

The men said they had withdrawn money from an ATM to pay the gang but they attacked them

A gang who assaulted two men with hammers and Taser guns for not paying for a massage have been sentenced to six months in prison each.

On July 8, the two Egyptian victims, aged 26 and 29, each booked a massage at a centre and, after agreeing on a price, went to an ATM to withdraw the cash.

The two men escaped outside but the gang — made up of men from Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan — caught up with them and resumed the assault.

The younger of the two knocked on the door of an apartment in the building seeking help and was allowed inside.

“He was badly wounded and bleeding from the head while his arm had a deep cut, I let him in then asked my roommates to call police,” said a Pakistani tenant, 43.

The second victim, 28, remained in the corridor where the assailants caught up with and continued to beat him. The attackers fled the scene after the tenant, who helped the first man, yelled saying that police were coming.

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The men were taken to hospital while police raided the flat but found no one.

A few days later, police arrested the six suspects, aged between 20 and 35, who were charged with physically assaulting the two men causing one a 15 per cent permanent disability.

“When we returned to the flat, they attacked us for unknown reasons,” one of the victims told prosecutors.

An Emirati policeman said that the Vietnamese pair were arrested first and, during questioning, claimed that the victims walked into the flat, locked the door, then asked for money pretending to be policemen.

The men will be deported upon serving their prison sentences. They can appeal within two weeks.