Crime and Courts

Boy molested by Dubai cabbie while his mother was in back seat

Filed on November 28, 2019
dubai taxi, dubai laws, molestation in dubai, dubai fines


The scared boy told her mother about what the driver did when they were home.

A taxi driver has gone on trial in Dubai for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old boy in the front seat.

At the Dubai Court of Instance, the public prosecution accused the 35-year-old Pakistani driver of repeatedly touching the British boy in an inappropriate way - on September 16 - as he was sitting in the passenger seat.

Prosecution records show that the boy removed the defendant's hand but the latter would not stop touching him. A complaint was filed at Al Barsha police station.

The mother was sitting in the back seat with her other two children.

The boy told the investigator that he had booked a cab with his mother on September 16.

"I sat in the front passenger seat. During the trip, the taxi driver touched my leg. I tried to stop him by placing one leg over the other but he then started pulling my leg over and kept touching me. I waited till we reached home to tell my mother because I was scared of him," the boy recounted.

During investigation, the teen's mother confirmed having seen the driver's hand, throughout the ride, on her son's seat.

"I was in the back (of the taxi) with my two other kids. My son told me about what the driver did only after we got home."

The boy told his mother that the defendant kept touching his thigh till they reached their destination.

During police interrogation, the defendant admitted to touching and groping the boy, claiming he only meant to caress him - but he retracted his confession later in front of the prosecution.

The driver denied the charge in court and was placed in detention.

The trial was adjourned till December 12.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...

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