Housemaid’s rapist employer gets one more year in jail

The 30-year-old maid said during investigation that prior to this incident, the defendant had sexually harassed her several times.



By Marie Nammour – Senior Reporter

Published: Sat 15 Nov 2014, 10:39 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:50 PM

Dubai: A 29-year-old man, who raped his housemaid after locking her up inside his bedroom, has had his four-year prison sentence, given by a lower court, increased to five years by the Court of Cassation.

The Emirati man took advantage that his wife was at a hospital for treatment and lured the Indonesian maid to his room saying he wanted his clothes to be ironed.

He was sentenced to life in prison in March by the Court of First Instance which later reduced it to five years on a retrial after he contested the verdict on the grounds it was given in absentia.

The Court of Appeals reduced it to four years in September.

The incident happened on November 27 last year.

The 30-year-old maid said during investigation that prior to this incident, the defendant had sexually harassed her several times.

“Around 10.30pm, he called me on my phone and told me to massage him. I told him I won’t do that and I don’t know how to massage,” she claimed.

He came back to her room about half an hour later and knocked on her door telling her to come out but she did not.

“As I was in the kitchen around 2.30am preparing breakfast for the housewife, who was at a hospital, the accused came and told me to go to his room to iron his clothes.”

As she went into the main hall, he pushed her inside his room which he locked. He pushed her down as I begged him to let her go but he threatened to kill her if she did not keep quiet and raped her. He then made her take Dh200. She contacted the Indonesian Embassy and the recruitment office and was instructed to seek police help.

The Crime Lab report showed that the defendant’s DNA matched with that in the semen traces found on the maid.

With the Dubai top court’s ruling, the case is now closed.

mary@khaleejtimes.com


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