Desperate husband in cop blackmail bid
Worker threatened to blow up his camp unless he got cash for wife’s surgery
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.