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Expat jailed for raping woman 5 times he had met online Filed on November 24, 2019
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The defendant had earlier been convicted of raping another woman.

A 32-year-old Dubai expat, who kidnapped and raped a woman he had just met online, was sentenced to six months in jail by the Court of First Instance on Sunday.

According to Dubai public prosecution records, the incident was reported on December 29 last year at Al Barsha police station.

The defendant, a Nigerian, who works as a jewellery designer, went to meet the complainant, a Ukrainian, in a cab. He then took her to his flat where he forced her inside after threatening to inject her with a shot. He raped her there repeatedly at knifepoint.

The man will be deported after completing his jail term as per the court order.

During the prosecution investigation, the 33-year-old complainant recounted how the accused invited her to a date at a café in the Marina after meeting her online. "He picked me up in a cab and told the driver to take us to the building where he stayed. When I refused to go up with him to his flat, he threatened to inject me with a shot. I screamed but there was no one around to help me."

Once inside the flat, the defendant locked the door and raped the woman at knifepoint while he turned on loud music.

The following day, he raped her again four times and then told her to leave.

The defendant had been convicted of raping another woman (a 53-year-old Serbian) 20 times in an incident that happened on January 4 this year. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment and deportation for that case.

According to prosecution records, there is no relation between the two women.
Prosecutors say that the defendant did not justify how his DNA traces were found on the complainant's body but that he just denied the charge.

The accused, who is in jail, has the right to appeal the ruling within 15 days.

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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