Man to be deported for molesting woman in lift

Defendant’s appeal against primary ruling dismissed

17:36 January 10, 2018

Dubai An employee will be deported for molesting a drunken woman in an elevator and also subjecting her to verbal abuse by suggesting that she needed two men to please her in bed.

The 30-year-old man entered the elevator behind the woman in the building where she lives in Al Barsha in May. She pressed the button to go to the 62nd floor and the Egyptian for 64th floor before he started talking to her and molested her.

The accused used crude language when he commented that the woman needed two men to please her given her big features. The woman reported the incident to police and the defendant was stopped three days later while entering the same building. When confronted with the woman’s molestation charge, the accused said that the woman was his friend and that he constantly chatted with her on WhatsApp.

The accused, however, failed to provide the woman’s contact details to the investigating policeman, or to show him the WhatsApp conversation, and was apprehended.

In August, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the Egyptian defendant of molesting the Canadian woman and abusing her verbally notwithstanding his not guilty plea.

The accused was handed a three-month suspended jail term and the judge ordered that be deported.

The Egyptian appealed the primary ruling before the Appeal Court and sought to have the deportation order struck down.

On Wednesday, presiding judge Saeed Salem Bin Sarm dismissed the defendant’s appeal and upheld the three-month suspended jail term and deportation order.

The accused was handed a suspended jail term after he provided the court with a waiver that he obtained from the victim.

Records said the accused hugged the Canadian against her will and molested her. He also breached her modesty with his sexually suggestive language.

The suspect’s lawyer argued in court that his client did not molest or abuse the woman.

“When they met in the lift, she greeted him and hugged him. He did not molest her or abuse her verbally. She was incited by one of the building’s managers to lodge this malicious complaint because that manager had a previous dispute with the suspect. That person [manager] told the Canadian woman that my client had earlier molested a female resident… and that my client might molest her as well. He persuaded her to file a complaint that she was under the risk of being molested. The woman waived her complaint and wrote a clear confession that she had been encouraged by the manager to lodge a complaint against my client,” the lawyer argued.

Wednesday’s ruling remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court within 30 days.