Prostitute lured man as another stole his money, Dubai court told

DUBAI // A prostitute had sex with a man while her colleague stole Dh47,000 from him, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Sunday. Prosecutors told judges that on March 8 one woman lured the Pakistani salesman, 28, into her apartment while the other stole his money. The Ugandans, both 26, were charged with prostitution and theft. The salesman was charged with having sex outside of wedlock. Both women confessed to working as prostitutes but one of them denied the theft. The other confessed. The man was not present in court to enter a plea but he had told prosecutors that he worked for a company in Al Satwa and was sent by his manager to transfer the money to Pakistan. However, he took a detour after one of the women winked at him. “I knew she was a prostitute, so I asked her for sex and we agreed on Dh20 then ...

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Worker demanded money or 'he would start fire', Dubai court hears

DUBAI // A worker called 999 and demanded 20,000 Pakistani rupees or else he would burn down a company’s accommodation in Jebel Ali, prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday. The 21-year-old Pakistani denied a charge of issuing threats over the Dh700 demand but confessed to another of consuming alcohol without a licence. It is alleged that the worker made the call to Dubai Police’s operations room on February 28. “He called and asked that we pay him the money or he would burn down the accommodation, after which we arrested him,” testified a 23-year-old policeman, who said the defendant was aware of what was going on and was acting normally at the time of his arrest. The officer said that, when arrested, they looked at his phone and found that the call was visible in its history. “He confessed and told us that his wife suffered a heart attack ...

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Man dies after after car flips near Fujairah city

FUJAIRAH // An Emirati in his twenties died when he lost control of his car and it flipped several times in Al Hanya, near Fujairah city. The man was travelling alone from Ras Al Khaimah when the incident happened in the early hours of Friday morning. Fujairah Police received a call about the crash but the man was pronounced dead before reaching the hospital. His funeral took place after Friday prayers at Masafi Grand mosque and he was buried in Al Maharzi cemetery. rhaza@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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Woman smashed glass in man's face, Dubai court hears

DUBAI // A Lebanese man suffered permanent damage to his sight after a Kenyan women smashed a glass in his face, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Sunday. Prosecutors said the 31-year-old woman attacked the man at a dinner party after she overheard him making remarks about her being a lesbian. She was charged with physical assault, causing a permanent disability and with issuing insults, which she denied in court on Sunday. The man, 40, confessed to a charge of consuming alcohol without a licence but denied issuing insults to the woman. The incident happened on February 6 in the Oud Al Mutainah area. A witness, a 27-year-old Tanzanian, told the court that about 10 friends attended the party and each came with their partner. “The dispute started when the defendant claimed that she overheard him mocking her relationship with a woman and how they would never have children,” said the ...

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Man denies causing death by shoving Dubai partygoer in the chest

DUBAI // A 50-year-old Briton has denied causing a compatriot’s death by shoving him in the chest. “I’m not guilty, sir,” said the defendant at Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday morning. Prosecutors charged him with assaulting the safety of a man by hitting him on the chest, causing internal bleeding that blocked the victim’s lung passages. The incident happened on October 16 last year in Tecom after the birthday party of a mutual friend. A 34-year-old Pakistani financial supervisor who witnessed the incident called police and an ambulance. “The two were obviously drunk. They stood 10 metres away from me and my friend near Media Rotana Hotel, where we were waiting for a taxi,” said the witness. He told prosecutors that the two men walked to the sandy patch opposite the hotel then the defendant hit the other man on the chest. “The second man fell to the ground, hitting ...

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Like humans, reptiles have REM and deep sleep, German scientists find

WASHINGTON // Research at a German laboratory involving the study of five Australian lizards – called bearded dragons – suggests these reptiles may dream and could prompt a fundamental reassessment of the evolution of sleep. Scientists said last week that they had documented for the first time that reptiles, like people, experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and another sleep stage called slow-wave sleep. Until now, only mammals and birds were known to experience these. Because humans dream during REM sleep, the findings suggest that these lizards also dream. But what would bearded dragons dream about? “If you forced me to speculate and to use a loose definition of dreaming, I’d speculate that those dreams are about recent notable events – insects, maybe a place where there are good insects, an aggressive male in the next terrarium,” said Gilles Laurent, director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in ...

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Traffic congestion in Dubai

Motorists in Dubai faced traffic congestion on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near Al Houdh roundabout towards Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning, as well as Sheikh Zayed Road and at the Al Nahda tunnel. Dubai Police said two accidents took place on Sunday morning on Al Wasl Road and Tunis Road. Traffic moved relatively smoothly in Abu Dhabi. A bus broke down at the Qasr Al Bahar tunnel on Al Salam Street around 8am, causing traffic delays before the road was cleared. newsdesk@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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UAE weather: More rain expected

Light rain, especially over the eastern and southern parts of the country, is expected in the coming days. The amount of clouds will increase over some areas with a chance of light rain, moderate winds in general, freshening at times, especially over the sea. Temperatures will range from a high of 41°C to a low of 21°C in coastal areas and a high of 42°C to a low of 20°C in the interior, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology has said. Humidity will increase during Sunday night and early on Monday morning especially over some interior and coastal areas.  Conditions in the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea will be moderate to rough. newsdesk@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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Blood money 'not enough' compensation, say UAE lawyers

ABU DHABI // Families should not settle for the Dh200,000 blood money for the loss of a loved one and should apply for further compensation through the civil court, lawyers say. The amount, about equal to the price of 100 camels, does not go far enough to compensate relatives of people who have been killed accidentally, especially if the deceased was the sole breadwinner, said Huda Al Falamarzy, of Mohammed Al Hashimi Advocates and Legal Consultants. “What is Dh200,000 for children who have lost their only provider and carer?” Ms Al Falamarzy asked. “What if it were four young children whose father was accidentally killed? Is Dh200,000 enough to put them through college and support them until adulthood?” Families should file for additional compensation to cover financial and emotional losses. Diyya is a debt owed to the victim’s family that must be paid by whoever caused the death. “The purpose ...

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