Thief had racked up losses gam­bling

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A cleaner is ac­cused of steal­ing his friend’s wal­let in or­der to pay off gam­bling debts.

Dubai Court of First In­stance was told the 24-year-old Pak­istani was a reg­u­lar gam­bler and had lost money.

It’s claimed that on Jan­uary 8 he stole the wal­let and with­drew Dhs2,000 from his friend’s bank ac­count af­ter ob­tain­ing the man’s bank card and pin num­ber.

A 36-year-old Emi­rati po­lice­man that the ac­cused told him he suf­fers with a gam­bling prob­lem.

“He claimed that he played cards with oth­ers and lost the money,” the po­lice­man said.

“He planned to steal the wal­let and the money and then paid his debts to an Egyp­tian man in the Al Awir area.”

Pros­e­cu­tors said the vic­tim, a 58-year-old Pak­istani security guard, said he was in his building in the Re­faa area and went to sleep in his room, leav­ing his wal­let on a ta­ble near him.

When he woke up in the morn­ing, the wal­let was gone. By Ali Al Shouk

“The wal­let con­tained my bank card and Dhs120. I dis­cov­ered that some­one used my card and with­drew Dhs2,000 from my ac­count,” the vic­tim said in records. He said he went to the bank to can­cel his card and was is­sued a new one, then went to the po­lice sta­tion to re­port his miss­ing wal­let.

Dubai Po­lice man­aged to iden­tify the de­fen­dant as the ATM at which he with­drew the money was fit­ted with the CCTV cameras.

“Po­lice asked me to iden­tify the sus­pect and I knew him,” the vic­tim said.

“He had my pin code as I once gave him my card with the code to with­draw money for me.

He kept the code with him and stole the wal­let and used the card.” The de­fen­dant ad­mits theft, A ver­dict is due in the case on July 24.

Al Ma­jaz water­front in Shar­jah has been decked out in an ar­ray of colour­ful lights and lanterns to cel­e­brate Ra­madan. This glow­ing cres­cent moon is among the ex­hibits that can be seen il­lu­mi­nat­ing the area.

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