Two on trial for confinement of worker, Dh1,700 robbery  05/24/2019 22:01:00  5  Marie Nammour /Dubai

A man and a woman, both Emiratis, stood trial on Monday at the Dubai Court of First Instance for allegedly confining a worker inside their car after posing as cops.

The court heard that the 30-year-old man and his female accomplice, 34, intercepted the Filipino worker, with the man claiming to him he is a CID officer and he would take him to the police station for drinking alcohol. The two defendants faced charges of illegal confinement, impersonation of a police officer (for the man) and robbery. The man has also been charged with physical assault.

The incident took place on February 7 and was reported at Bur Dubai police station.

The worker, 39, said he was in Jumeirah at 2.30pm when a car stopped next to him. "The two defendants were inside the car. The man posed as a CID officer and told me to step inside the car. He then told me to give him my wallet. They checked it before he slapped with it on my head."

He told the prosecutor: "He asked me whether I was under the influence of liquor or if I was drunk. And I replied negatively. He then threw the wallet outside the car telling me to get out to pick it up."

The pair then left in their speeding car. "I saw the car registration number. I then realised they took my cash from my wallet. I filed a complaint at the police station. About five days later, I was told to go to the police station and I identified the man," the victim recounted during the public prosecution investigation.

A policeman said that after receiving the report about the incident, they began an investigation. "We learned that the female accused's car has the same plate number that was involved in the robbery complaint. She admitted upon her arrest that she took part in the robbery with the defendant. The latter also confessed to the charges after we apprehended him."

The trial will continue on June 13.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich criminal imagination...

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