Man sexually assaults 9-year-old after finding her alone

Dubai - The girl, a Syrian, said that she was playing with her friends and then wanted to go home on the 90th floor of the building.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Tue 18 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 19 Apr 2017, 10:53 AM

A 39-year-old man faced trial on Tuesday accused of molesting a girl, 9, while alone with her in the lift.
The Iranian businessman allegedly took advantage of the little girl's innocence and fooled her by saying that he would teach her on horse riding before he molested her on February 18. He allegedly pressed his body against hers several times and touched her.
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But he pleaded not guilty in the Court of First Instance.
The girl, a Syrian, said that she was playing with her friends and then wanted to go home on the 90th floor of the building.
"I pressed on 90 (floor) but that man (the accused) pressed on 60. Then he said he did not want to leave but to stay and go with me. He asked me if I know horse riding. He said he would teach me".
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The girl recounted during public prosecution investigation how the defendant told her to grab the metallic part fixed inside the lift. He came from behind her and pressed his body against hers more than once. 
She held her breath out of fear and ran out the moment she reached her floor. She told her mother about what happened to her.
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"Around 7:00pm we received a report about a sexual harassment incident in the Marina area. We went to the tower and we talked to the girl's mother," a police corporal said.
The CID was alerted about it. About one hour later and by the time the corporal reached Al Barsha police station he learned that the defendant was arrested.
The 41-year-old mother said her daughter's heart was beating fast while she told her about the accused. "She wanted her brother to take the lift with her because a man was waiting for her there".
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The defendant admitted to the investigators that he did as the girl had said. But he claimed that he was showing her how to do the pressure workout. He said that he stepped back to give her space to do it herself. He said once she was done she touched his body accidentally.
In a still photo taken from the surveillance camera, the accused appears to be standing with the girl near the tower lifts and talking to her.

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