Driver on trial for raping sponsor's maid in Dubai

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on June 9, 2019 | Last updated on June 9, 2019 at 06.33 pm
Driver on trial for raping sponsors maid in Dubai

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The incident took place on March 3 and was reported at Al Qusais police station.

A family driver has been charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance for allegedly raping his sponsor's maid.

Prosecutors accused the 32-year-old Pakistani man of forcibly dragging the maid, a Filipina, to his bedroom, at a time when no one was around, where he raped her under duress.

The incident took place on March 3 and was reported at Al Qusais police station.

The victim, 26, recounted during the public prosecution investigation that she was in the backyard of the villa where she worked on March 1 when she heard the defendant calling out her name. "He wanted me to follow him to the bathroom but I ignored him. He then came to me, hugging and kissing me against my will. I pushed him away, scolding him not to do it again."

At 8:00pm two days later, she was about to wash clothes, when she was surprised by the accused sexually harassing her. "He was hugging me from behind and kissing me repeatedly. I tried hard to keep him away from me but in vain," she recalled.

He then dragged her by force to his bedroom where he turned the light off before he raped her, she claimed. He later dropped her at her sponsor's new house.

The next morning she lodged a complaint after telling her sponsor about the incident.

According to the forensic report, the maid was left with forehead and left arm scratches because of the assault. The defendant admitted to the prosecution investigator that he raped the maid. He remains in detention.

The trial continues on June 25.



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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