Delivery man molests 12-year-old girl inside lift in Dubai, gets 6-month jail
The CCTV footage showed the defendant heading to the fifth floor to drop a package.- Alamy Image
Dubai - He denied the charge in court. The incident was reported at Al Rafaa police station.
A delivery worker, who molested a 12-year-old girl in a Dubai residential building lift, has been sentenced to a six-month imprisonment and deportation by the Dubai Court of First Instance.
Dubai prosecutors accused the 35-year-old Pakistani man of inappropriately touching the victim, an Indian, on June 16 while on his way to drop a package.
He denied the charge in court. The incident was reported at Al Rafaa police station.
The public prosecution referred him to trial under articles in the Federal Penal Code and Wadeema Law.
He has been detained.
During the public prosecution investigation, a 34-year-old Indian housewife said that the girl came to her house for the usual private tuitions in Mathematics. "She had to go back to her place to bring some papers she had forgotten. However, when she came back the second time, she looked pale and was crying and shaking."
The witness then heard from the girl how a man walked inside the lift with her and then inappropriately touched her while asking her about a certain address.
"I went out with her to look for that man. We were still in the lift when we spotted the suspect at the sixth level. The girl pointed at him as the same man who molested her. She kept crying when she saw him. The suspect remained quiet as I yelled at him and asked him why he harassed the girl," the witness told the prosecutor.
The housewife asked a neighbour to go to the security guard's room to check the surveillance cameras and then told the mother about the incident.
The Pakistani security guard said that the girl stayed in the adjacent building. "The accused worker knew where he was going because he signed the visitors' book at the reception. He knew the floor and the flat number he wanted to go to. I checked the cameras and saw him following the girl inside the lift."
The CCTV footage showed the defendant heading to the fifth floor to drop a package. But he changed his way and followed the victim without delivering it.
He admitted to the investigator that he followed the girl and asked her about the address even though he knew where it was.