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Dhs1.6m robbed in chilli attack
BY HAMZA M. SENGENDO December 06, 2018
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DUBAI: Five men intercepted an executive, sprayed him with chilli, punched him and decamped with his Dhs1.6 million, the Dubai Criminal Court heard on Wednesday.

The Asian carpenter, clerk, motorist, a bus driver and his colleague –with the help of fugitive accomplices- intercepted the Chinese sales executive, 28, along Al Muteena Street at around 1pm on Sept.17.

They sprayed him with the irritating substance, punched his face and restrained him. They grabbed and tore his handbag. Banknotes scattered. They amassed Dhs1.6m and fled, records showed.

During court questioning, they all denied the charges. The bus driver argued that he did not take part apart from receiving Dhs128,000 from his colleague to keep it as a trust. Hearing continues on Dec.23.

In prosecution records, the victim said he sold goods to a commercial firm and received Dhs1.7m. He rode his bicycle towards home. He was negotiating an unpaved road when three men showed up.

One of them sprayed chilli in his eyes and another punched him under his left eye. The third one pounced on him and grabbed the bag he was carrying on his back. “I tried to stop him from taking it.

“He pulled as I held it firmly until it got ripped. The money slipped out. They gathered as much as they could then fled leaving around Dhs100,000,” he complained to Al Muraqqabat Police Station.

An Emirati lieutenant said the carpenter upon arrest said a fugitive mastermind was the one who directed them to rob the victim and promised them cash rewards. They drove to the scene in two getaway cars.

The motorist monitored the victim and gave them a signal to zero in on him. A fugitive sprayed him with chilli while the clerk and two others restrained him and rob him. Others joined to pick the money.

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