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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Man faked illness then robbed doctor treating him, court hears

––Defendant alleged to have stolen Dh10,000 from medic

A man faked an illness to carry out the Dh10,000 robbery of a doctor caring for him at a Dubai clinic, a court heard.

The Pakistani defendant, 31, is alleged to have tricked his way into a treatment room at the medical centre in the Naif area, claiming to be suffering from severe pains, before two accomplices launched an attack on the attending doctor.

When the posing patient sat down on a treatment bed, two men who accompanied him into the room grabbed the doctor's arms and legs before he began to rifle through his pockets, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

The trio are said to have fled with Dh10,000 in cash – only for the defiant doctor to give chase and catch the man who stole his money.

The Indian medic told prosecutors he managed to restrain the defendant before alerting police

The incident occurred on August 11.

“I resisted them and one of them tried to choke me,” the doctor told prosecutors.

Officers who arrived to the clinic said that they saw the doctor bleeding from the lips, while restraining the defendant.

“He admitted that he agreed with his friends – who remain at large – to fake the illness in order to steal from the doctor” said the Emirati policeman.

A medical report issued by Al Baraha hospital stated that the doctor suffered from bruises in his knees, scratches in the face and right hand and sustained an injury in his upper lip.

The defendant denied an attempted theft charge in court.

He is due back in court for a verdict to be passed on November 15.