Dubai store vendor kisses 5-year-old girl, takes her photos
Dubai - The maid said that it was not the first time the defendant kissed the girl.
A supermarket vendor has been charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance with molesting a five-year-old girl.
Dubai prosecutors accused the 38-year-old Indian man of kissing the girl on the cheek, taking advantage that her parents were not with her at the time.
The worker denied the charge in court when he was brought from detention.
The incident was reported on June 3 at Al Rashidiya police station.
A police corporal said they moved to where the incident happened. "The girl's father told us that the vendor kissed his daughter when she went to the supermarket with the maid. The latter said that the defendant would always kiss the girl. We took the vendor into custody."'
The father also told the police that his daughter would often go back home feeling annoyed with the vendor's behaviour and then tell him that the place was not good to stay at.
The father recounted to the prosecution investigator how he told his wife not to send their daughter again to the supermarket with the maid. "In May, I learned that the defendant would not sell candies to my daughter even though our maid bought some stuff from the shop. My daughter came back home crying on that day. She then told me what the accused did."
During the public prosecution investigation, the Indonesian maid said that it was not the first time the defendant kissed the girl. "He would always kiss her on the cheek. It happened in April and in May. He would hold her and make her sit on a table and then click her photos." The witness also told the prosecutor that once she went with the girl to buy groceries and the vendor would not sell candies to the girl who then went home crying.
During police interrogation, the accused confessed he kissed and clicked photos of the girl with his mobile phone. He said "she is like his daughter". The man showed the officers photos of his daughter on his phone.
The vendor will be sentenced on September 24.