Des­per­ate hus­band in cop black­mail bid

Worker threat­ened to blow up his camp un­less he got cash for wife’s surgery

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

A man di­alled 999 and de­manded money to pay for his wife’s hospi­tal fees or he would set fire to his ac­com­mo­da­tion, Dubai Court of First In­stance was told.

Pros­e­cu­tors claim the de­fen­dant, a 21year-old Pak­istani, was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when he called Dubai Po­lice ask­ing for 20,000 Pak­istani ru­pees (Dhs700) to care for his wife, who had suf­fered a heart at­tack.

It’s claimed that, on Fe­bru­ary 28, the man had been drink­ing when he started re­peat­edly di­alling 999 ask­ing for money or he would start a blaze at his worker ac­com­mo­da­tion in Jebel Ali.

“He called the num­ber many times ask­ing us to pay him money or he would burn the place,” a 23-year-old Emi­rati po­lice­man said in of­fi­cial records.

Dubai Po­lice sent a pa­trol to the area. Of­fi­cers said that when they en­tered the man’s ac­com­mo­da­tion he was hold­ing a cig­a­rette lighter and was poised to try to light a fire.

A po­lice­man who ar­rested the man said: “He was aware of what he was do­ing and was act­ing nor­mally at the time of his ar­rest.”

The po­lice­man said he checked the ac­cused’s phone and there were sev­eral calls to 999 on the log.

“He con­fessed that he called 999 ask­ing for money,” the po­lice­man said. “He claimed that his wife suf­fered a heart at­tack back home and that he needed the money to pay the hospi­tal fees.”

How­ever, the ac­cused de­nies a charge of mak­ing threats but ad­mits con­sum­ing al­co­hol with­out a li­cence. A ver­dict will be is­sued later this month.

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