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Waitress robbed at knife-point at 5am

By Eman Al Baik

A jobless Bangladeshi allegedly threatened a pedestrian with a knife, forcing her to give him her handbag, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

On December 15, HK, 32, hotel waiter, finished her shift at around at around 5am.

“While I was walking home through a narrow unlit lane between buildings in Muraqqabat area, a man walked past me from behind and then turned back to me, waving a knife in my face while pointing his finger at my bag. I got very scared. I stepped back but he came towards me, waving the knife in my face. I threw my handbag which contained two mobile phones worth Dh4,500 besides Dh700-800 in cash, cards and other belongings before running away,” said the victim.

The victim immediately called the police.

Police identified the accused as RA, 33, and arrested him two days after the complaint at Bani Yas Square at around 1am.

The accused resisted arrest and attempted to run away. Searching him, police confiscated two mobile phones which proved to be the victim’s.

He told police that, on the night of the crime, he was walking around in Naif area.

“I saw a building under construction. I went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife. While I was walking, I noticed a woman walking. I followed her until she entered a narrow lane to attack her. I found Dh670 in the bag and two mobile phones. I bought a jacket for Dh30 from the money and threw away the bag and cosmetics in it in a garbage bin,” admitted the accused.

The victim recognised the accused who admitted to robbing her under threat.

The Dubai Prosecution asked the court to award the accused the stiffest sentence.

The court will reconvene on February 7.