Fam­ily tricked by pair

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

Two men who were found guilty of steal­ing from a fam­ily, af­ter they first pre­tended to of­fer help at the scene of a car ac­ci­dent, have had their jail sen­tences re­duced on ap­peal.

The de­ci­sion was made at Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court of First In­stance which yes­ter­day heard how two men had robbed cash and gold jew­ellery from a fam­ily who were trapped in their car fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent.

The car went off the road af­ter the Emi­rati man, who was driv­ing, lost con­trol and over­turned, trap­ping his wife and three sons in the ve­hi­cle as well, sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous to medium in­juries in the process.

“Be­fore po­lice res­cue teams ar­rived at the scene, the two Emi­rati de­fen­dants who wit­nessed the crash hur­ried to go to the vic­tims af­ter pre­tend­ing to of­fer them help,” said pros­e­cu­tors. “The men instead took Dhs13,000, three mo­bile phones and a bag con­tain­ing gold jew­ellery and fled the scene with­out help­ing them get out of the crashed car.” Po­lice later res­cued the fam­ily and took them to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Po­lice tracked down the thieves through the vic­tims’ stolen phones.

The men had pre­vi­ously been given one year in jail af­ter they were found guilty but chal­lenged the sen­tence.

One of the de­fen­dants said he had bought the phone he was caught with at a mar­ket and didn’t re­alise it was stolen. The judge main­tained the ear­lier ver­dict but re­duced the sever­ity of the sen­tence.

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