Group chased man down street

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A sus­pected thief was chased through the streets by a group of men af­ter steal­ing a wal­let that con­tained just Dhs5.

The Emi­rati threat­ened his Pak­istani vic­tim with a small knife be­fore mak­ing off with the cash in the Mu­raqqa­bat area of Deira, Dubai Court of First In­stance heard.

The 21-year-old, de­scribed as job­less, is on trial ac­cused of armed rob­bery.

Judge Mo­hammed Ja­mal heard how the al­leged crime on June 4 led to the in­volve­ment of a num­ber of men who came to the aid of the vic­tim.

The 33-year-old Pak­istani man told the court he was walk­ing to a restau­rant for break­fast in Mu­raqqa­bat when he heard some­one ap­proach him from be­hind.

He said he turned around to see the man, who had a small knife, which he placed on his throat and de­manded he hand over his money.

The vic­tim tes­ti­fied: “I fell to the ground and handed over my wal­let to him. I man­aged to es­cape and saw some of my coun­try­men, who

said they would help me catch the thief. “My wal­let con­tained my ID and Dhs5.” The court heard the group of men ran af­ter the Emi­rati un­til he en­tered a small res­i­den­tial build­ing and they locked the front door and called po­lice.

A po­lice pa­trol ar­rived out­side the build­ing to find “tens” of peo­ple sur­round­ing the build­ing chant­ing “thief”.

A Dubai Po­lice pa­trol of­fi­cer, an Emi­rati aged 60, tes­ti­fied: “Be­fore we ar­rived, the ac­cused threw the wal­let to the vic­tim, think­ing he would be able to leave, but they re­fused to let him go.

“We opened the door and ar­rested the ac­cused, who con­fessed to the rob­bery.”

The said the sus­pect put a knife to the vic­tim’s throat and po­lice searched him and ini­tially found noth­ing.

But the of­fi­cer added: “Even­tu­ally we dis­cov­ered that he had hid­den a small knife in his un­der­wear.

“He claimed that he was a poor per­son and had been watch­ing peo­ple in the street be­fore de­cid­ing to steal from the vic­tim.”

The sus­pect failed to show in court and the trial was ad­journed so that he could be brought from the de­ten­tion cen­tre.

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