Dubai: Woman accused of stealing Dh270 undergarment

Dubai: A lawyer argued in court on Tuesday that it would have been impossible for his client to have left a lingerie store with a stolen bra put on her shoulder.

The Italian woman appeared before the Dubai Appeal Court where she pleaded not guilty and refuted the accusation of attempting to steal the bra worth Dh270 from the famous lingerie store.

In May, the Dubai Misdemeanours Court sentenced the Italian to three months in jail although she had pleaded innocent. She was also handed a deportation order.

Records said the store’s security guard reported to the police that the Italian woman had picked up the bra while shopping at the store in a mall, walked into a fitting room and when she walked out again, the bra had disappeared.

The guard testified that the bra was later found to be hidden in a bag that the woman was carrying.

Defending the woman before the appellate court’s presiding judge, Adnan Al Farra, lawyer Faisal Al Zarouni argued: “My client entered the lingerie store and did some shopping. She picked up the bra and tried it but she did not like it. She had picked other items and so she put the bra on her shoulder to return it to the shelves from where she had taken it. When she walked out of the store, she had forgotten the bra still on her shoulder … anyone could have noticed the bra on the shoulder. My client did not have any criminal intent and she was not trying to steal the bra. She simply forgot it on her shoulder and got out of the store … besides when she left, the alarm didn’t go off.”

Records said the woman entered the store around 10.50pm and she was seen in CCTV footage picking up the bra and then walking into the fitting room.

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