x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Victim lured to his death in Al Mussalla 'brothel'

Police have arrested four men suspected of killing an Asian man after stealing his money.

SHARJAH // Police have arrested four men suspected of killing an Asian man after stealing his money. The men intended to steal Dh2,000 (US$544) from the victim, but when they searched him they found only Dh150, Sharjah Police said. Officers were alerted to a smell coming from an abandoned home in Al Mussalla, where they found the body of the victim covered by a plastic bag and tied with rope. The police believe it had been there for three days.

A tip led them to the suspects, who were found in Ras al Khaimah. According to statements given to police, one man lured the victim to the abandoned house by telling him that it was a brothel. When the victim arrived, the men beat him to death. They divided the Dh150 they found on him four ways. The dead man worked for a private company in Ajman, investigators said, and had been missing for a week when he was found.

The suspects have been referred to the Sharjah public prosecution on charges of murder. If they are convicted they could be sentenced to death. ykakande@thenational.ae