DUBAI// A 37-year-old man who attacked a security guards with a Taser gun and stole Dh900,000 has won an appeal to reduce his prison sentence.
The Ethiopian, along with two Nigerians, aged 23 and 25, was sentenced to three years in jail after being convicted by Dubai Criminal Court of forceful theft and possessing a weapon.
The Nigerians were jailed in March while the Ethiopian was jailed in the year.
Prosecutors said the men targeted two guards from Transguard Group and followed them as they carried cash to Lulu Village in Al Qusais on October 13, 2014.
“It was 11am when a masked man attacked me and punched me several times on the face just few meters away from the centre’s gate. There was another man with him who attacked my colleague with a Taser gun, they snatched the bags we carried and ran away,” said a Ugandan guard, 28, adding his colleague’s bag contained Dh900,000 in cash.
Police tracked the gang’s getaway car after a witness reported its plate number. It was found abandoned in an industrial area in Dubai.
“We found the bags but they were empty, we also found two masks and a Taser gun,” said a police officer.
When the Nigerians were arrested, police discovered they have transferred most of their share of the cash to their home nation. They were charged and jailed, to be followed by deportation.
The Ethiopian appealed his sentence, which was reduced to one year by the Court of Appeal. The court upheld his deportation order.
Source: uae news