The incident took place at a time when the boy’s parents were away.
A 33-year-old man, who groped a five-year-old boy at their shared villa, has been sentenced to six months in jail by a Dubai court.
The Indian man, who works as an electrician, denied a molestation charge at the Dubai Court of First Instance. He was found guilty and will be deported after completing his jail time.
The incident took place on June 14 at a time when the boy’s parents were away. It was reported at Bur Dubai police station.
The victim, an Indian schoolboy, recounted to the public prosecution investigators how the defendant inappropriately touched him at the villa they shared.
“He called on me and then touched my cheeks with both his hands.”
The boy then pointed at his body where the accused inappropriately touched and groped him.
“Then my uncle came and pushed that man. He took me to the police station,” the boy said.
The boy’s father, a 45-year-old businessman, said he was at work at 5pm when he heard from his brother-in-law what the defendant did. “I was told he behaved indecently with my son and filmed him. I went back right away to the villa.”
The boy’s uncle, a 24-year-old mechanic, said he was talking to his nephew when he got busy with his mobile phone. “Few minutes later, I turned around and saw the defendant hugging my nephew from behind while touching him in a bad way.
He was filming what he was doing. The man rebuffed me when I asked him what he was doing. He ran away as I was alerting the boy’s father.”
A policeman said they went to the villa after receiving the complaint.
“The boy and his parents and relatives were waiting for us outside. The boy’s uncle told us that he spotted the defendant touching his nephew in an inappropriate way and filming him. When the uncle confronted the accused, the latter replied that it was none of his concern.”
The officer added: “The uncle further said that the defendant left the villa when hearing that the parents would be told and the police called.”
The electrician can appeal the ruling within 15 days from the issuance date.
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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