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Woman goes to mall with kids in Dubai, gets groped by expat

Filed on January 28, 2020 | Last updated on January 28, 2020 at 05.19 am
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He will be deported once he serves his sentence.

A Dubai expat was sentenced to three months in jail on Monday for inappropriately touching a woman at a mall.

According to Dubai public prosecution, the 33-year-old Indian resident groped the woman intentionally.

The defendant was found guilty of sexual harassment and will be deported after serving his time in jail.

The incident took place on August 2 last year and was reported at Al Rashidiya police station.

The complainant, a 35-year-old Syrian employee, said she was with her children and mother at the shopping centre at 10.30am to buy some toys when she spotted the accused looking at her in a provocative way. "I got real scared of how he kept staring at my body."

She got surprised when he walked very close to her near the toy store while still staring at her from behind. "I shouted at him angrily after he suddenly groped me. I was then wearing a dress but it was decent," she recounted.

Shoppers crowded around them and the police arrived and apprehended the accused.

The complainant told the investigator that the defendant touched her on purpose as it was around 10am and the mall was not yet busy.

A footage taken from the security recordings showing the defendant touching the woman and then quarreling with her has been attached to the case file by the prosecution investigator.

The defendant admitted to the charge during the police interrogation and the public prosecution investigation.

The accused can appeal the court 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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