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Two maids cleared of stealing sponsor’s Dh4,000

Court acquits maids of stealing cash from sponsor’s bag over lack of corroborated evidence

Gulf News

Dubai: Two maids have been cleared of stealing Dh4,000 from the handbag of their sponsor shortly after he took his wife and went out of his house in the afternoon.

The Emirati sponsor took his wife and went out one afternoon at 12.30pm and when he returned to his residence, he found out that his two Ethiopian maids had absconded in February.

Upon checking out if the maids had taken anything from their belongings, the Emirati realised that the maids had taken their own passports and Dh4,000 from his bag.

The sponsor instantly reported the police that his two Ethiopian maids had absconded from his residence when he was out and that they had stolen money from him.

The two Ethiopians were apprehended shortly after the sponsor had reported them absconding.

Records did not specify how or where the maids were arrested.

Citing lack of corroborated evidence, the Dubai Court of First acquitted the two women of stealing Dh4,000 from their sponsor.

The two women had pleaded not guilty and contended before presiding judge Mohammad Jamal that they only took their passports.

The Emirati sponsor alleged to prosecutors the incident happened when he took his wife out and returned at 5.30pm.

“When we entered the house, we realised that the maids were absent. I walked into my bedroom and discovered that my personal bag was open and someone had taken the cash from it. The room was turned upside down and the maids had also taken their passports, which were kept in the same bag. I called the police instantly,” he claimed to prosecutors.

The two women were quoted telling prosecutors that they only took their passports from the bag that contained the cash. Sunday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.