Man on trial over alleged sexual abuse of minor

DUBAI — A lawyer backed off, on Sunday, from representing a man accused of having forced sodomy with a minor.

By Marie Nammour

Published: Tue 14 Dec 2010, 12:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:19 AM

Counsel Eissa bin Haidar informed the Court of First Instance that he did not want to represent the defendant in the case. The defendant, a 26-year-old Emirati national, did not show up in court. He is accused of having forced sodomy with a 14-year-old compatriot many times in his car under the threat of beating him up and informing his mother.

The victim told the prosecution that he came to know the defendant over the phone. He said the two exchanged SMS text messages. The defendant would say that he loved him and wanted to meet him to sodomise him. And the victim would always refuse.

One day, in mid June, while the victim was in a shopping mall, the defendant called him outside. The victim got into his car and the defendant allegedly kissed and had sex with him. The defendant allegedly gave the boy Dh100 each time he had sex with him.

In his statement, the victim said that the defendant sodomised him many times until July 24 after which the victim decided he did not want it to go on.

However, the defendant kept sending him text messages threatening him. The boy’s father, a 50-year-old trader, said during investigation that he had noticed that his son had become to be very quiet. Later, his wife informed him about the incident.

The mother told the prosecutor that she had caught the defendant staring at her son in the shopping centre. When she asked the defendant about his relation with her son he alleged that he did not know him and that he was an officer in the Ministry of Interior.

In the Rashidiyah police post, the defendant described the victim as very young with mental illness. He alleged the boy was making up the story.

The forensic medicine report showed that the victim was sexually assaulted at a time coinciding with the complaint. A statement of calls from Etisalat showed that the defendant had made several phone calls daily and sent SMS text

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