Worker steals cheques, his passport from his company

Suspect claims he stole cheques after his boss refused to give him leave to treat his partially-blind eye

Dubai: A worker told a court on Sunday that he stole three cheques from an artworks company after his request for a medical leave to treat his eyes was rejected.

An Indian supervisor at the company was said to have discovered that three blank cheques were stolen from the safe and that the passport of a 25-year-old Indian worker was missing last month.

Once the supervisor called up the worker and checked with him if he had taken the cheques, according to records, he denied at first but then called again and admitted that he did.

Prosecutors accused the 25-year-old Indian suspect of stealing three cheques from his workplace.

“Yes I did. I have partial blindness in my eye and I asked the boss for a leave to go for treatment at home but he refused. So I took the cheques because I needed money for treatment,” the weeping suspect contended before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.

Pleading guilty and for mercy before presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi, the Indian suspect said that he was forced to do what he did and that there was a labour dispute between him and his employer.

He also presented a court slip confirming that there is a pending labour case at the Dubai Labour Court.

The supervisor told prosecutors that the theft happened at the company’s premises in Al Quoz Industrial Area.

“When I went to open the office, I realised that the keys were missing from my keychain. I went back home and got the spare keys. The key wouldn’t go into the slot fully when I tried to open the door. Then I realised that there was another key on the other side of the lock. Then I managed to open the door following several attempts. When I checked the safe, I discovered that three blank cheque leaves that had been signed by the owner were missing along with the suspect’s passport. When I called the suspect and asked him about the cheques, he denied. Then he called again and admitted that he took them,” he testified to prosecutors.

A ruling will be issued on June 13.


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