Woman who robbed Dubai tourist of Dh20k after setting up dating app trap handed jail term

The Nigerian woman lured the man to her apartment after setting up a meeting on Tinder

A woman has been handed a five-year jail term for robbing a tourist at knife point. The National
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A con artist who robbed an unsuspecting tourist at knife point on Christmas Day after setting up a date on Tinder has been handed a five-year prison sentence.

The Nigerian woman, 32, agreed to meet the victim at her apartment in Business Day after chatting online.

She had claimed she was Brazilian during their interactions.

The Spanish man, 36, was set upon by a gang of six men and women after arriving at the address at about 9pm on December 25.

“Three men and three women forced me into the flat and assaulted me,” said the 36-year-old victim.

Dubai Criminal Court heard he was forced to take off his clothes, beaten and subjected to death threats, all while his ordeal was recorded.

“They said they would kill me then stole my three credit cards and locked me up in the apartment and left,” he said.

He was locked in the apartment for 24 hours, during which time the offenders went on a spending spree of close to Dh20,000 using the stolen credit cards.

The attackers returned the next day and allowed him to leave the apartment, warning they would frame him for sexual assault if he alerted police.

However, he reported the incident at Bur Dubai Police Station.

Officers identified the woman who masterminded the plot and arrested her.

She was the only person charged as a result of the incident.

During questioning, she admitted getting help from a number of compatriots to lure the victim and rob him.

But when she appeared in court, she changed her plea and denied charges of confinement, issuing threats, theft, physical and sexual assault.

She was convicted of all charges and sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by deportation.

Judges also ordered her to pay a fine of Dh19,552.