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Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
The Dubai Pubic Prosecution on Monday sentenced an Arab man to 3 years in jail for threatening to post a woman’s private pictures online.
The defendant will be deported after completing his jail term and court also imposed a fine of Dhs23,000 on him.
Official records indicate that the suspect had mugged the victim’ handbag, with the help of an accomplice, and stole her phone along with it.
The suspect threatened to post her private photos online if she did not pay Dhs2,000.
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The suspect robbed the victim of her bag at a bus station, after he approached her and offered his help to carry and place her bags on the bus.
The victim was suspicious and nervous by his bizarre behavior, so she ignored him and quickly got on the bus.
After the first stop, the victim realised that one of her bags was missing, and when she asked the driver if he had seen the suspect, he mentioned that the suspect never got on the bus.
However, the victim immediately filed a report at the police station.
The suspect managed to mug a bag that contained money, valuable jewellery, and an old phone belonging to the victim.
The stolen items worth over Dhs20,000.
After the incident, the victim was notified by her friend that the second suspect had contacted her regarding the stolen phone.
He claimed that he had cracked the phone’s password, and began to actually post the private photos on one of the victim’s social media accounts.
On being interrogated, they admitted that they had connived to rob stores in the Frij Al- arar area after monitoring them and making sure the area was clear of pedestrians.
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