Trio accused of robbery at ATM
Three men have gone on trial accused of robbing a company finance officer who was stabbed as he withdrew more than Dhs135,000 in wages from a bank.
The trio – an Afghan, 21, and two Pakistanis, 23 and 28 – are alleged to have attacked the Indian man and left him bleeding in the street outside the bank branch in Al Qusais.
Dubai Criminal Court was told that three defendants stole approximately Dhs135,481.
The victim, who survived, gave evidence to prosecutors.
He said: “On September 15, I went to Ras Al Khaimah bank in the Al Qusais area and withdrew September’s salaries. I put the money inside a white envelope when one of the defendants, snatched the envelope from my hand.”
He said he chased the thief but that the man turned around and stabbed him repeatedly with a knife before fleeing.
A passer-by, a 28-year-old Indian man, saw By Nawal Al Ramahi the victim bleeding and helped him. The victim told prosecutors: “A man who saw me bleeding helped me and called police.”
The man who stopped to help said: “I was driving back from a meeting when I saw a man bleeding heavily on the floor. I stopped my car and tried to help him.”
Police admitted the victim to Rashid Hospital. He suffered from multiple injuries and was left with a 15 per cent permanent disability in his wrist.
A policeman said: “We investigated the incident and spotted the three accused. The knife used and some of the money was found in their vehicle.” The trio confessed during questioning and said they did it because they were going through financial difficulties.
The trial was adjourned until December 6.