Employee is cleared over drugs theft
A pharmacy worker who was convicted of taking medicine from the store without paying has been acquitted on appeal. Public prosecution had charged the Arab pharmacist with a breach of trust and stealing the drugs from the store where she worked after her boss complained to authorities. Her employer said that in March 2015, the worker took drugs worth Dhs460 without paying. Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance had sentenced her to three months in jail and ordered her deportation. But she challenged the verdict to the Appeal Court, which reduced the jail sentence to a month and cancelled the deportation. She then went to the Court of Cassation, where she admitted to taking the medicine but denied stealing it as her employer claimed. She told the judge she had paid for the medicine the following day and was given a purchase bill. The woman said her boss had a grievance with her as she was suing him over money she felt that was owed to her. She said she was surprised when she was later charged with theft. After hearing the case, the Court of Cassation cleared the woman of all charges.