The photo has been used for illustrative purposes.
Hamza M Sengendo, Staff Reporter
Three countrymen skilled in breaking into taxis and decamping with proceeds will spend two years in jail plus deportation, the Dubai Criminal Court ruled on Tuesday.
The Asian defendant, 32, colleague, 27, and countryman, 28, used a screwdriver to smash quarter glasses of taxis (belonging to five firms) that had been parked behind a trading centre in Abu Hail area on the night of Sept.14.
They stole coins worth Dhs190 from one, Dhs120 bills from another, Dhs1, 200 from a third one and a wallet containing Dhs800, a national ID, driving permit, car ownership certificate and bank card from the fourth taxi.
They broke into the fifth taxi, combed it and found nothing worth stealing, prosecutors explained to the jury during a hearing on Jan.20. The court convicted them of burglary and damaging cars belonging to the five firms.
A Pakistani cabbie, 30, said he parked his taxi at parking lots behind the centre at around 9pm and returned at around 7am the next day only to find its quarter glass broken and Dhs190 stolen. He contacted the police. He valued the damage at Dhs120.
Another Pakistani said he parked his at 11:45pm and returned the next day. He noticed the glass smashed and Dhs1, 200 stolen from the armrest box. Policemen were at the scene investigating similar burglaries. He valued the cost of damage at Dhs400.
An Ethiopian cabbie said he parked there after midnight and returned around 12:30pm. His wallet containing cash and valuable cards including a health card were missing. He valued the cost of damage to the smashed glass at Dhs164.
An Emirati lieutenant said a source directed investigators to the defendant’s hideout in Al Qusais Industrial Area. He confessed before the police and later before prosecutors. He revealed that he, his cohort and countryman were behind the wave of taxi burglaries.
Records showed the cohort and countryman were apprehended in Sharjah over similar burglaries they conducted there.
A husband who beat, insulted and threatened to slaughter his wife following a spate of marital wrangles has been let off with a warning from the Appeals Court.
The Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday looked into the case of six GCC suspects, including a woman, who was charged with attempted murder of a compatriot. The suspects reportedly kidnapped the victim and drugged and stabbed him because he befriended the daughter of the family who fled the house.
An elderly salesman duped a businessman into paying Dhs275, 000 to rent a shop inside a Dubai mall, a jury heard on Monday.
Summary: "Today marks a new chapter in our journey for the development of peaceful nuclear energy with the issuing of the operating licence for the first Barakah plant," His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said in a tweet
The UAE has led the way in setting plans for the future. The only issue is that the technology is changing very fast. We still have progress to make in terms of changing the mindset, especially among government agencies that refuse to share their data — even with other departments, said Dr Saeed Al Matrooshi, CEO and Secretary-General at the Ajman Executive Council.
She signed up for the Little League because she loved the American sport, only to be rejected because she was not a boy.