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Sohaila Ahmed, Staff reporter
A six-member African gang was prosecuted by Dubai Courts on kidnapping, assault and robbery charges after they held a man hostage and poured hot water on him to steal his money.
Last June, the victim was lured by one of the female defendants, who pretended to be a European national and approached him through a social media application.
The defendant lured the victim into meeting at her apartment to get to know each other better, and the victim innocently believed her vicious lies.
The victim headed to the address given by her, and knocked on the door only to find a gang of 6 people who suddenly attacked him.
He was tied up and beaten to give up the money he had and his debit card’s password.
When the victim refused to give up the card’s number, one of the defendants stripped him naked and poured hot water on his private parts.
They managed to get the password, but failed to withdraw money from the victim’s account.
So, they continued assaulting the victim and filming him naked until he fell unconscious.
The gang members were scared when the victim was unconscious, and waited until he woke up then gave him some water and his phone.
Then they fled the apartment with Dhs2,400.
Luckily, the victim was able to leave the apartment and reached out for the nearest police patrol while being in pain after the burns he sustained.
He was transferred to the nearest hospital. He sustained second-degree burns and a 10% permanent disability due to the attack on him.
While after the incident, four of the defendants were apprehended. The other two are still on the run.
Police found video records of different victims being assaulted by the gang on one of the defendants’ phones, but unfortunately, no police report were filed by any of them.
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