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Student denies stealing 2 American Bully dogs worth Dh44,000.

Summary: Suspect set the doghouse on fire, stole the dogs and hid them at his dad's farm

Bassam Za'za', Legal and Court Correspondent

Dubai: A student has been accused of sneaking into a villa and stealing two American Bully dogs worth Dh44,000, setting a doghouse on fire and absconding.

The 23-year-old Emirati student, M.Y., allegedly sneaked into his countryman's villa in Al Muhaisnah 1 area, broke the doghouse open, stole the two animals and drove away to his father's farm in the desert where he kept them in September.

Prosecutors accused M.Y. of arson and stealing the two dogs at night.

The suspect pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

"No, I did not steal - or start any fire," the suspect told the presiding judge.

According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said the suspect entered the villa's backyard, stole the dogs and doused the doghouse with a flammable material and set it on fire.

The brother of dogs' owner told the prosecutors that his neighbour had told him over the phone that he spotted a car driving away from the rear of their house.

"I went to check on the dogs in the backyard. When I reached there, the doghouse was on fire. Meanwhile, the rear door had been broken open. When I did not find the two American Bully dogs, I realised that the driver of the car our neighbour had spotted must have stolen them. When our neighbour described to me the car, I knew it was M.Y.'s vehicle because he drives a similar car. I informed my father what had happened and we instantly reported to the police. When police summoned the suspect, he admitted before them that he had opened the doghouse, stolen the two animals and kept them at his father's farm. Later, I accompanied the police and the suspect to get back the dogs," testified the brother.

A policeman testified to prosecutors that the suspect had admitted to him that he stole the dogs but denied the arson charge.

The trial continues.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Mar 17, 2016
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