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Cook in Dubai jailed for groping 10-year-old girl in elevator

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Dubai - The court has also ordered the deportation of the cook.


Marie Nammour

Published: Sun 6 Oct 2019, 9:25 PM

Last updated: Sun 6 Oct 2019, 11:28 PM

A cook has been sentenced to one year in jail by the Dubai Court of First Instance for molesting a 10-year-old girl in a residential building lift.
The Dubai Public Prosecution charge sheet shows that on July 22, the 45-year-old Pakistani man hugged and kissed the Indian girl and also groped her. He was detained after her parents complained against him at Naif police station. The court has also ordered the deportation of the cook.
The girl said that she was coming back home before 8pm when she spotted the accused outside the building. "He followed me inside the lift. I wanted to go to the third floor. He wanted to go there too."
She kept silent when he asked her where she studied. "He then stepped closer to me," she told the prosecutor adding that before she reached the third floor, the defendant hugged, kissed and touched her. When the lift reached the floor, the defendant would not let her go out but held her and touched her again. Her sister told her parents when she learned about the incident. A policeman said they went to the building where the incident took place after receiving the complaint at 10.30pm. During interrogations, the defendant admitted he molested the girl.
The ruling has been appealed by both the defendant and the public prosecution.

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