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Visitor denies assaulting woman

A visitor allegedly raped a woman in his flat after he met her at a party in a nightclub in Dubai Marina, a court heard on Monday.



Published: Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:37 AM

According to the prosecution records, the 25-year-old Syrian defendant invited the Moldavian saleswoman to his flat where he forced himself on her. He faced the charges of rape and assault in the Court of First Instance.

The 30-year-old complainant told the prosecutor that the incident happened on a night in December last year. She was partying at a nightclub in a hotel where she had drinks and met the defendant.

Around 3am, she hailed a cab and she was surprised to see the accused also stepping in claiming that his house was on the same route.

On the road, he said he wanted to take some stuff from his house and accompany her to her house.

Upon entering his flat, she saw people playing cards and soon she was left alone with the accused in the main room. She was surprised when the defendant got close, grabbed her hand and pushed her down on the couch. He raped her even as she tried to push him away.

Later, he said he was sorry and asked for her forgiveness. He also offered her some money but she declined it and called the police.

A police sergeant said the woman filed a complaint at the Jebel Ali police station in the early hours of the day. She recounted how she met the defendant and said she had his mobile number.

The sergeant went to the defendant’s flat which he shared with other men. The accused denied raping the woman and said he had consensual sex with her. He said he was under the influence of liquor at that time.

He said the complainant assaulted him and showed the officer his back where there were nail scratches. Two other people in the flat said they had seen the defendant trying to pull the woman from the others many times in vain but, in the end, he managed to be alone with her with her consent.

Bruises on the complainant’s hands showed that she might have had a struggle with the defendant, according to the forensic medicine report.

According to the report of the General Directorate of Criminal Evidence, the DNA of the semen sample taken from the complainant matched with the defendant’s.

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