Man jailed for peeping into ladies’ washroom

The defendant claimed during the investigation that he entered the washroom to clean its walls and ventilation fan.

By Marie Nammour/senior Reporter

Published: Tue 23 Jun 2015, 12:06 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:47 PM

Dubai - A worker who sneaked into a ladies’ privy of a mosque and watched a woman using the facility was sentenced to three months in jail.

The 26-year-old Indian defendant found guilty of molestation has been ordered to be deported by the Court of First Instance.

He claimed in the public prosecution investigation to have entered the washroom to clean its walls and ventilation fan.

The complainant, a 47-year-old Saudi translator, told the prosecutor that she was walking home around 5:45pm on March 11 when she needed to use the washroom as she had a special medical condition.

“I passed by the accused and saw him watering the plants in the yard. Shortly after I entered the cubicle, I smelt an odour…of sweat. It lasted for four to five minutes”.

According to the woman, nobody else had entered the washroom. When she turned around she had seen the worker watching her from behind the cubicle’s concrete wall, “which he climbed”.

The accused fled the scene when she screamed.

When she came out of the washroom, he was in the yard and she called the police on the spot.

Her statement was taken by Bur Dubai Police and the worker was arrested.

The worker’s Iraqi supervisor said that the defendant was allowed to enter the women’s washroom at a specific time during the day.

“He is allowed to do the cleaning work … (at a specific time) …after making sure it is vacant. It is a very small place and he could easily know if anybody is using it”.

The verdict may be appealed within 15 days.

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