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4 Emiratis jailed for robbery using toy guns

Khaleej Times logo Khaleej Times 14/11/2017 Ismail Sebugwaaw
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Four young men who were convicted of posing as police detectives and robbing people using a toy pistol have been each sentenced to a year's jail.

The Abu Dhabi Appeal Court upheld an earlier ruling by a lower court that handed down the jail sentences to the Emirati men after they were found guilty of robbery and impersonating as police officers.

Official court documents stated that the men in their early 20s had robbed the victims. The defendants carried out the robberies after 10 pm.

A lawyer representing the victims said the men - who were in a vehicle - had stopped the victims pretending they were police detectives and wanted to check them. They also showed a toy pistol to one of the victims.

According to the evidence report, in one of the incidents, one of the defendants removed a wallet from the pocket of an Asian man as he checked him and snatched away Dh300.

In another incident, the men stopped an Asian man on one of the streets in a remote area and took Dh754 from his wallet. The victim said the men showed him a toy pistol. The man said he thought that it was a real pistol and gave away the money due to fear.

Prosecutors charged the Emiratis with robbery and impersonating as cops.

The Abu Dhabi Criminal of First Instance had earlier sentenced each of the men a year in jail after they were found guilty of the charges.

The men challenged the ruling in the appeal court denying the charges.

The Appeal Court judge, however, rejected their appeal and convicted them based on the evidence presented by prosecutors.

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