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Nine masked and armed men raid bachelors’ residence

Two suspects rape woman at knifepoint in washroom, the rest steal Dh16,000, mobiles and jewellery

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Dubai: Nine men have been accused of storming into a bachelors’ villa where two of them raped a woman accountant and the rest stole cash and jewellery.

The Pakistani accountant was said to have been sharing a bedroom with her distant relative, other bachelors and families in an Arabic villa at Al Wuhaida area in May 2017.

At around noontime, the Pakistani woman was in her bedroom when nine masked men, who were armed with sharp tools forced their way into the villa, according to records.

Two of the men dragged the accountant into the washroom where they raped her at knifepoint and the remaining suspects stole tenants cash, mobile phones and jewellery.

Eight of the tenants, who rushed out in the street in a state of shock and fear, reported the matter to the police.

Preliminary investigations revealed that four Pakistanis and five Emiratis had been involved in storming into the villa, raping the accountant, threatening the residents with sharp tools and robbing their belongings.

One Pakistani suspect remains at large, while Dubai police apprehended rest of the suspects from different places.

Prosecutors accused a 29-year-old Emirati suspect and the Pakistani runaway suspect of raping the accountant at knifepoint and the nine suspects were accused of stealing Dh16,000, nine mobiles and some jewellery.

The 29-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty and refuted the rape charge when he defended himself before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

“I did not rape her … it was the runaway suspect who raped the woman,” he argued before presiding judge Urfan Omar.

A 37-year-old Emirati suspect contended: “I was present during the heist … and the remaining Emirati suspects were also there.”

The other suspects who were present in court pleaded not guilty.

The Pakistani woman told prosecutors that the nine suspects forced their way into the villa and threatened all the tenants.

“They were wearing masks and had sharp tools in their hands. Two of the them pushed me into the washroom and raped me. When I tried to resist and refused to remove my dress, they pointed the knife at my neck … the coerced me to undress and raped me,” she told prosecutors.

A Pakistani salesman, who lived in the villa with his wife, told prosecutors: “Most of the tenants were bachelors. The suspects stormed into our residence. They threatened us with sharp tools and assaulted us physically … one of them slapped me. They took our cash and mobiles and fled from the scene. We were petrified and scared after they left … we ran out and called the police.”

A police lieutenant told prosecutors that three suspects were apprehended drom Al Khawaneej and the rest from other places.

The trial continues.

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