According to a media report, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) court has ordered that the accused Indian man, who was a worker at the Dubai airport Terminal three, should pay a fine of Dh 5000, be given a suspended 3-month prison sentence, and subsequently deported.
The accused airport worker had been held in custody for having stolen two mangoes from a cargo consignment to India in 2017.
In 2018, the Indian man who had been working at the Dubai airport admitted that he opened a fruit box and took two mangoes, which he consumed because he felt thirsty and looking for water.
Khaleej Times reported that on Monday, the Court of First Instance ordered the deportation of the 27 years old Indian worker on the 11th August 2017, after he must have paid a fine of 5,000 dirhams for stealing two mangoes which cost about just 6 dirhams. It’s quite so unfortunate that the man will pay such a huge amount as a fine for just two mangoes that cost less than 10 dirhams.
During his prosecution investigation and interrogation, the Indian man narrated that he worked at Terminal 3 section of the Dubai airport when the incidence happened where his duty was to load travellers’ baggage from the container to the conveyer belt and from the conveyer belt into the container. The accused admitted that on the said date, he unlawfully took the fruits from a piece of baggage that was intended to be transported to India because he was very thirsty and needed water.
He was summoned on 2018 April by the police for interrogation concerning the theft case. The accused man was later arrested and charged with stealing two mango fruits worth Dh 6. Though his residence was searched, the police couldn’t find any stolen item in his residence.
The accused, who is known as a public employee in the charge sheet of public prosecution, admitted his crime. He said: “I was thirsty and needed some water, so I unfolded a fruit box in a consignment to India and found some mangoes. I took two mangoes, which I ate and left.” He continued; “On 2018 April, police called for me and interrogated me concerning the incident. They searched my residence but didn’t discover any stolen stuff.”
Although records confirmed that the accused ate the mangoes in August 2017, there was no record as to why he was only referred to court two years later in 2019.
According to Public Prosecution Dubai, the accused was caught by a security officer on the warehouse surveillance cameras opening the travellers’ baggage and stealing.
The defendant denied the theft. Nevertheless, he was handed a suspended 3-month prison sentence, fined, convicted, and ordered to be deported. The accused Indian man has been given fifteen days to appeal the court’s decision.