Ewe dunnit? Man denies sheep theft

Owner of 15 sheep was unaware they were being sold, court told.

DUBAI // A man has denied stealing 15 sheep, saying he was tricked into buying them by someone who did not own them.

The unemployed Iranian P?S, 24, said he received a call in August last year from a Pakistani man saying he had sheep for sale.

"I went to meet him in Al Aweer and then to the farm where I picked the sheep, and paid him Dh7,200 before I headed out to get a pickup," said the defendant.

But the sheep belonged to the Emirati farm owner M?H, who was unaware they were being sold.

The defendant kept 10 sheep at his sister's house in Al Rashidiya and sold the rest at the Dubai livestock market for Dh450 each.

He said that later that day he was called by a Pakistani salesman, S?H, 28, asking him if he still had sheep for sale. "He came to my sister's house and bought six," he said, adding police arrested him after the sale.

He told prosecutors he confessed to stealing the sheep after police beat him and threatened to keep him in jail.

The salesman denied buying stolen goods, saying he worked at the Dubai livestock market in Al Qusais and had bought livestock from the man before. He did not appear in court yesterday.

The next hearing is scheduled for May 14 when the salesman will be summoned.