The accused performed an indecent act on the girl.
A 36-year-old expat was taken into police custody after he groped a seven-year-old girl, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Sunday.
The Sudanese blacksmith denied in court a molestation charge.
According to public prosecution records, the incident took place on November 1 and was reported at Al Muraqqabat police station.
The girl’s father, a Sudanese, said that on the day of the incident he had gone out with his family to Al Mamzar Park.
“I went there to meet some relatives. I was sitting with my family when I suddenly noticed that my girl was not among us. I went looking for her but in vain.”
After about half an hour, the girl came with a man, the defendant. “My wife took our daughter aside and asked her where she was,” the father recalled.
He recounted how he heard from his wife that their daughter was taken by the accused inside his car.
“The accused lifted her skirt and touched her. I went to him and confronted him about it and he confessed in front of the witnesses. I called the police right away,” the father told the prosecution investigator.
The defendant was apprehended shortly thereafter.
During police interrogation and public prosecution investigation, the man admitted to the charge.
The trial has been adjourned to December 29.
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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