Crime and Courts

Man on trial for molesting woman in swimming pool in Dubai

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on September 10, 2018 | Last updated on September 10, 2018 at 03.41 pm
Man on trial for molesting woman in swimming pool in Dubai


He touched the woman's thigh while she was swimming.

A man has gone on trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after he allegedly sexually harassed a female swimmer.

Public prosecution records show the 27-year-old Indian man, a driver, touched the woman's thigh as she swam on April 13.

The complainant recounted during interrogation how she got shocked and caught off guard by the defendant. "I then stared at him but he seemed indifferent and kept smiling."

The complaint was filed at the Port police station.

A policeman said they reported to the scene and saw the complainant's parents and a lifeguard. "There were Filipina girls and three suspects, including the accused. The complainant pointed at the accused as the man who inappropriately touched her while she swam."

The defendant's two companions then willingly confessed to the officer that their friend was the one who harassed the woman.

"The three men were taken into custody while the defendant said he was sorry for what he did," the officer told the prosecutor.

A Filipino man, who was among the victim's group on the incident day, confirmed in a deposition to the police that the swimmer was touched and harassed by the suspect.

The complainant identified the accused among other suspects at the police station.

The defendant's two companions have been referred to the Court of Misdemeanors on alcohol-related charges.

A sentence is to be declared on September 30.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, Lebanese community-related affairs and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, Marie worked as an in-house reporter, covering international affairs for the LBCI and the LBC Sat (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International), a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for Sagesse, a renowned law college in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Marie speaks fluently Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and of the French literature.

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