September 21, 2014 1:33:26 pm
A 21-year-old unemployed Indian has been sentenced to three years in jail for snatching a gold chain from a compatriot laundry manager after spraying pepper in his eyes in Dubai.
The defendant, identified only with his initials S H, waylaid the victim S B, who was on his way to have breakfast, and asked him if he could find him a job, Gulf News reported.
In January, S H and his alleged accomplice, who is still at large, assaulted S B on the street, and snatched a gold chain from his neck before fleeing the spot. The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted S H who pleaded not guilty. He confessed that he sprayed the pepper only.
“The footages of the surveillance cameras did not prove anything,” the defendant said. However, the laundry manager testified in the court and confirmed that he was attacked by two men with a pepper spray who decamped with his gold chain.
Prosecutors said the stolen chain was worth 8,000 Dirham (USD 2,178). The accused will be deported after serving his sentence.
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