Pepper spray used in robbery, court told

Man broke into compatriot's room and blinded him during robbery, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A shepherd used pepper spray in an armed robber of a sleeping man, a court heard this morning.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that SA, 25, a Bangladeshi camel shepherd, entered the room of MA, 45, also Bangladeshi, and robbed him after spraying his eyes.


Prosecutors charged him with theft of Dh1,200 and trespassing.

MA testified that about 2.30am on April 5, he woke up to the sound of footsteps in his room in Mankhoul area. He said he spotted SA, who yelled at him to shut up, then sprayed him.

"My eyes started burning and I screamed loudly due to pain," said MA, adding that two men rushed to his rescue.

"I only found out the money was missing after the defendant fled my room," MA said. He filed a complaint at Lihbab Police Station.

SA was arrested on April 10, and according to prosecution records, he confessed during investigations.

The next hearing will be on September 21.

Published: August 24, 2011 04:00 AM