45-year-old cook molests 10-year-old girl in lift in Dubai

lift, cook molests girl, crime in Dubai

Dubai - He hugged, kissed and touched her, and did not let her exit the lift.


Marie Nammour

Published: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 4:49 PM

Last updated: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 7:25 PM

A cook is facing trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after he molested 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. He also groped her. The man has been detained after the girl's parents complained against him at Naif police station.

Prosecutors have sought a severe punishment for him as per the law.

The girl said that she was coming back home (before 8pm) when she spotted the accused man 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 studies. "He then stepped closer to me," the girl told the prosecutor, adding that before she reached the third floor, the defendant hugged, kissed and touched her. Even when the lift reached the floor, the defendant would not let her go out and kept hugging her for a while and touched her again. He then ran out.

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. "Her father told us he checked the surveillance cameras at the security guard's room which showed the defendant following his daughter inside the lift. When the door opened she did not walk out. When she left it shortly later, the girl looked terrified and rushing to their flat."

The father told the officer what the accused did to his daughter.

During the police interrogation and the public prosecution investigation, the defendant admitted he kissed and hugged the girl.

He will be sentenced on September 16.


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