Muscat: A criminal who impersonated a police officer to hijack a car in Muscat has been sentenced to a three-year jail term and an OMR 200 fine, Public Prosecution said.
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On May 5 this year, Public Prosecution received a complaint from an expat stating that a person knocked on the window of his vehicle when he was parked and identified himself as a police officer. This person then told the victim that he had parked the vehicle in a no-parking zone and that they needed to go to the Traffic Department in Al Qurm for the victim to pay a fine.
The criminal then took him to Al Batinah highway and threw him out of the vehicle before escaping, the magazine of the Public Prosecution revealed.
He also robbed the expat of his mobile phone and OMR 150. The victim then complained of the incident at the nearest Police station.
Later the criminal was arrested and he confessed to the crime. He also confessed that he was drunk when he met the victim at Muscat on the day of the incident.
After completion of the investigation and interrogation procedures, the case was referred to the Public Prosecution and the accused was imprisoned awaiting justice of the criminal court for forced theft and impersonation of a public official, as well as drinking wine in a public place.
He was later sentenced to three years in prison and was fined OMR 200.