A technician tried to blackmail a GCC woman by threatening to put her personal pictures online after stealing them from her mobile phone - which she had left with him for repair five years back. He is facing trial in the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court.
The case dates back to 2013 when the man - who worked in a mobile phone shop - was approached by the woman to fix her handset. He asked her to leave the phone and come back after a couple of days. The technician went through her photo galleries and snooped on her private pictures and videos, reports Al Bayan newspaper.
A day later, the police arrested the man over a loan that he failed to repay. When the woman went to the shop to get her phone back, the man's coworkers told her that he had been taken away by the cops, and that her phone was still with him.
Since the woman didn't have a receipt, she didn't pursue the case until the technician called her five years later, recently. The man told her that he has her pictures, and asked to pay him if she wanted to prevent him from posting them online.
The woman reported the matter to the Abu Dhabi Police, who swung into action and arrested the technician. They found the woman's phone with him.
The man denied all the accusations. But a witness, who is a member of information and technology department, said that the content of the conversations between the defendant and the woman shows that there were attempts to defraud the victim.
The judge will announce its verdict on April 13.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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