x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Jail for beggar who pestered Dubai’s former police chief

A beggar who made his living by hanging around outside mosques then begging worshippers for money as they left picked the wrong victim, a court heard.

DUBAI // A beggar who made his living by hanging around outside mosques then begging worshippers for money as they left picked the wrong victim, a court heard.

On October 13, after Al Duhur prayer, A A, 34, from Oman, approached a worshipper leaving a mosque in Jumeirah and asked for money so he could treat his sick mother. But he didn’t realise the man he was asking was Dahi Khalfan Tameem, the former police chief of Dubai and currently Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security.

Minutes later a police patrol arrested the beggar, who was found in possession of Dh2,000 that he had collected that day.

The Misdemeanours Court also heard that the beggar knocked on the door of F A, an Emirati, and asked for money, the court heard.

“I asked why he was begging despite being healthy and capable of work and he said that his mother was sick in Oman and in need of expensive treatment.

“I then learnt that the family in a house nearby gave him money,” the Emirati said.

The man was sentenced to a month in prison for begging and will be deported after serving his jail term.

salamir@thenational.ae