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Expat jailed for groping woman at shop in UAE

Filed on November 16, 2019 | Last updated on November 17, 2019 at 10.43 am
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A police corporal said they arrested the defendant in front of the shop as he tried to flee.- Alamy Image

He was detained after the woman called the police on June 6.

An Arab expat was sentenced to three months in jail by the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday for behaving indecently towards a Saudi woman at a shop.

Public prosecution records show how the 31-year-old Egyptian man moved around close to the woman in an intentional way to inappropriately touch her. He repeated his indecent acts. He was detained after the woman called the police on June 6.

In court, he denied the charge earlier, claiming the incident happened by mistake. The court ordered his deportation after he completed his jail term. The complainant recounted during the public prosecution investigation that the incident took place when she was at a shop in Al Muraqqabat. "The first time he groped me. Then he stood close to touch me with his body. He repeated that three times."

A police corporal said they arrested the defendant in front of the shop as he tried to flee. "We went to the crime scene at midnight on June 7. We heard from the complainant how he kept moving around her to touch her intentionally. Her sister witnessed it all."

A footage taken from the shop cameras was checked by experts from the General Directorate of Criminal Evidence and Forensics. It showed the accused man touching the woman repeatedly. He was pushed away before he bumped into another woman in the corridor. He then walked out of the shop.The ruling remains subject to appeal.

mary@khaleejtimes.com

 

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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