The workshop belonged to an Asian. An employee working under him set fire to nine vehicles of the company. Due to the burning of the vehicle, the damage is estimated to be three lakh dirhams.
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A case was registered against him after the owner of the workshop, who is of Asian origin, lodged a complaint with the police stating that his workshop had been vandalized and set on fire by a worker. In his complaint to the police, he said that the worker entered his office room threatening to set fire to his workshop if he did not complete the procedures for his residency visa and work permit.
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The accused had a knife in his hand at the time. The man came towards him and threatened to stab him with a knife and asked him to sit inside the office. He did not come out of the room because of his behavior. But minutes later, another worker came into the office and said that the accused had come to the workshop with a four-litre bottle of petrol and that he intended to set fire to the establishment. By the time he came out, the accused had poured petrol on nine vehicles inside the workshop and set them on fire. He escaped from the spot when he saw the fire spreading.
After the vehicles caught fire, the fire spread to the factory adjacent to the workshop. It has been stated in the police documents that there was a damage of 12,200 dirhams. After the incident, the accused, who was arrested by the police, confessed to the crime. He was then arrested and produced before the public prosecutor. The Dubai Criminal Court, which heard the case, sentenced the employee to one year in prison and a fine of Dh12,500. The Dubai Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal against the verdict and upheld the lower court’s verdict.
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