Masked men break into flat, assault tenant with sword.
Summary: Suspects stabbed victim in his behind when he ran to balcony to cry for help, stole his belongings
Dubai: Three masked men have been accused of forcing their way into a flat, assaulting a tenant with a sword and threatening to kill his sister-in-law and stealing their belongings.
The three men, a 19-year-old Iraqi student, a 23-year-old unemployed Emirati and a Pakistani worker, wore masks and were armed with a sword when they broke into the flat one night last August.
The trio broke the door lock and went to the Pakistani tenant's room, according to records, woke him up and assaulted him with the sword.
The tenant ran out to the balcony and cried for help before the trio pulled him back inside, assaulted him again and threatened to kill his sister-in-law. The trio then stole their belongings and absconded, said records.
Police interrogations revealed the involvement of the three men who were apprehended one at a time.
Prosecutors charged the three suspects of breaking into a flat and stealing Dh5,000 and three phones.
The suspects pleaded not guilty and refuted their accusations when they appeared before then Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.
The Pakistani tenant told prosecutors that he had been sleeping when he suddenly felt someone kicking him.
"When I woke up, I saw three masked men and they had a sword. They pulled me out of the bedroom, hit me on my head, and I bled. I ran quickly to the balcony and cried for help - the suspects then pulled me back inside and they stabbed me from behind. In the meantime, my sister-in-law woke up to my loud cries. They threatened to kill her. Then they stole my wallet with Dh5,000 in it and also our phones and absconded. While leaving they locked the door from outside. Shortly after that my brother arrived. He forced the door open and called an ambulance for me," the tenant testified to prosecutors.
A policeman told the prosecutors that primary investigations revealed the involvement of the student in the theft and he was the first to be arrested.
"The Iraqi suspect was apprehended in September. During questioning, he alleged that a fourth suspect, who had previous disputes with the tenant, had ordered them to break into the flat, assault him and rob him. The Emirati suspect was apprehended behind a supermarket in the same area. The Pakistani suspect was arrested in Al Baraha," the policeman testified to prosecutors.
Presiding judge Urfan Omar said the court will appoint lawyers to defend the suspects when it reconvenes on April 20.
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