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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 03/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The 31-year-old unemployed accused stole a woman?s mobile phone and threatened to circulate her private photos if she did not have sex with him

The court of appeal has reduced the six-month jail sentence to three months for a man who stole a woman’s mobile phone and threatened to circulate her private photos if she did not have sex with him.

The court of first instance had sentenced the 31-year-old unemployed emirati to six months in jail in january. according to prosecution records the incident happened on december 26 2012 when the accused lured the woman to ride in his car. he then stole her mobile phone worth dh2400 which contained the said photos.

The accused had denied charges of theft threat and blackmail charges in court and claimed he did not know the woman.

The complainant said in the investigation that the defendant told her he knew people in the roads and transports auhority (rta) who could help her get a job. he persuaded her to meet him in his car and asked her to bring her cv. “just after i got in his car he drove around for a while and asked me to have sex with him. i rejected his advances and told him to drop me off.”

When the defendant ignored her she tried to get off the moving car. “he grabbed my hand and tried to calm me down. shortly before we reached my car he snatched my phone from my hand and threatened to circulate the photos it contained on the internet if i didn’t have sex with him.”

The complainant identified a picture of the accused among many pictures of suspects showed to her at al qusais police station. the defendant was involved in two other similar cases in which he was accused of blackmailing and assaulting women.

The verdict is subject to appeal within 30 days at the court of cassation.



Khaleej Times

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