Dubai student in the dock over stealing monkeys from farm

A student and his accomplices raided a farm and made off with more than Dh53,000 ? in monkeys, a court has heard.

They broke into a cage where eight monkeys were kept and made off with two baboons and four marmosets, the court was told.

Emirati O?A, 34, an employee at the farm, said he received a call from a worker there who told him the animals had been stolen.

?I went there and saw that the cage was broken and the monkeys gone,? the employee said.

He checked surveillance cameras that showed the thieves at work, then handed the footage to police.

?We arrested him. He denied it when we questioned him.?

The student laughed when asked by the presiding judge: ?Did you steal monkeys? Nothing was left to steal so you steal monkeys.?

The next hearing at Dubai Criminal Court will be on November 10.