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Man breaks down before assailants

Bahrain News
Fri, 07 Sep 2018

A MAN burst into tears as he came face to face with his alleged assailants for the first time in court.

The 48-year-old Sri Lankan cleaner was giving evidence at the High Criminal Court in the trial of two men – a Bahraini and a Pakistani – charged with theft, assault and impersonating police officers.

They are said to have posed as policemen and mugged several men.

In the latest incident, on April 7 this year, the two are said to have forced the victim into their car before mugging him and abandoning him in a waste ground.

The victim identified his alleged assailants in court.

“Your honour, these defendants mugged me,” he told a leading judge as he broke down in tears.

“I was in Manama and they approached me in their Toyota vehicle.

“I will never forget their face because of what they did to me.

“They told me they were policemen and forced me into their car.

“However, before I could plead with them to let me go, they started punching me in the face.

“I was crying and begged them to stop but they stole my wallet and mobile phone.

“They then pushed me out of the moving vehicle in a waste ground.”

The Pakistani defendant denied any wrongdoing and said his co-defendant attacked the victim who sold them alcohol.

The trial has been adjourned until September 25 for a ruling.

A third alleged accomplice, a BDF personnel, is standing trial at the Military Court in connection with the muggings.

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