Saleswoman accused of taking co-worker's rings

Duty-free employee gets three months for taking them from where they had been left by a sink, prosecutors say.

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DUBAI // A Chinese saleswoman at a Dubai airport duty-free shop was convicted of stealing two platinum rings from another employee.

HL, 23, was sentenced to three months. She found

the rings near a washroom sink after their owner, KH, forgot them.

“I didn't do it,” she told Judge Hamad Abdul Latif at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

On November 21, 2010, KH said, she went to the washroom to prepare for prayers and left her rings near the sink. But when she returned she could not find them and reported them missing to police.

FB, a female corporal at the Dubai police, said HL initially denied stealing them, but later confessed and showed the officer where she had kept the rings.

KH testified one of her friends told her she had seen a Chinese woman entering the bathroom around the time the rings disappeared.