He lured a tanker driver to an isolated area, assaulted him and made away with Dh20,000.
A man who lured a diesel tanker driver to an isolated area, threatened him at knifepoint, beat him up until he fell unconscious, and handcuffed him before making off with Dh20,000 and two mobile phones, was sentenced to three years in jail. The accused was accompanied by two others, who are still at large.
The Dubai criminal court on Sunday handed down the sentence to the Asian carpenter who will be deported after completing his jail term.
The case dates back to February 3 this year when the victim, identified as 28-year-old S.M.M., received a phone call from a person who asked him to supply him with 700 litres of diesel. The victim was told to reach near a church at Jebel Ali village at 6.30am. At 6am, the same person called the victim again, and asked him where he was. The victim told him he was on his way, and at 6.30am the driver arrived at the said location, where he saw the defendant waiting for him.
“The defendant asked me to fill in the diesel with the power generator available at the place”, the court heard.
When the driver stopped the vehicle near the power generator and got off the truck, he was surprised to see two men holding knives approaching him. The prime suspect drew near the driver and tied his hands.
The trio mugged him until he felt unconscious. After a while, when he regained consciousness, he realised that all the material of the truck was thrown on the ground and Dh12,000 was missing from the truck, which he had earned by selling the fuel. He also realised that Dh8,000 and two mobile phones were missing from his pocket.
The victim, with his hands tied, walked up to the Jebel Ali Police Station, where he filed a complaint of theft and physical assault.
Later, the police searched for the telephone from which the call was made to the victim, and tracked the caller, who appeared to have fled to Abu Dhabi.
The accused was later arrested from Abu Dhabi, and the victim identified him.
He was referred to the Public Prosecution, which charged him of theft, threatening at knife point and physical assault. Presiding judge of Dubai Criminal Court, Maher Salama, ordered the accused to stay behind bars for three years to be followed by deportation.
Police have launched a search for the two other suspects who helped the convict in the crime.