Airport waiter charged over missing liquor bottles3
By Bassam Za'za', Staff Reporter
Published in Gulfnews Online: October 28, 2007, 23:02
Dubai: A waiter has pleaded guilty against misappropriating three bottles of alcohol from Dubai airport's business and first class lounge, heard a court yesterday.
The Public Prosecution charged the 26-year-old Filipino suspect, A.S., with misappropriating the three bottles of whisky which he sold to his relative.
The defendant confessed to the charges before Dubai Court of First Instance and told Presiding Judge Fahmi Mounir that he paid for the bottles which he misappropriated. He is seeking leniency.
His Filipina boss, in charge of the lounge, said in her statement the defendant "does not have the right to sell, give away or possess the food and beverages that are catered at the lounge". "He did something wrong when ... his duty was to serve the passengers," she testified.
The suspect confessed that he saw his relative in the business lounge and offered to sell him liquor "cheaper than those of the Duty Free". He said he sold two bottles of alcohol for $40 (Dh145) and gave away one extra bottle as a gift to his relative. The bottles were found hidden inside a Duty Free bag in the relative's possession.
A verdict will be heard next month and the defendant is out on bail.
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