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28 February 2024

Dubai pedestrian felled, Dh50,000 snatched

By Eman Al Baik

A jobless Ethiopian allegedly caused a pedestrian to take a tumble on a street and snatched Dh50,000 from his pocket before running away, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

On September 16 at 12.30pm, Nepali accountant KN, 33, went to a bank and encashed a cheque of Dh20,000 for his employer.

“I put Dh150,000 in a bag which I hung on my left shoulder and I put remaining Dh50,000 in my left pocket. I came out of the bank and starting walking towards the company’s office.

“While walking along Al Musalla Street in Ayal Nasser area, a man stumbled into me and another man held me to prevent me from falling. I felt a hand in my left pocket. I inserted my hand in the pocket and did not find the money. I looked at one of the two men and asked him what he had done.

“Instantly, he ran away and I ran after him until he got into a building. I waited for him outside for about a minute. When he came out of the building, I ran after him screaming for help from pedestrians. Some people in the street caught and held him until police arrived,” said the victim.

A shop’s CCTV showed the two suspects causing the victim to tumble and fall on the street and snatching his money.

NS, 36, admitted to causing the victim to tumble.

The court will give its verdict on January 31.