Manager jailed for threatening jobseeker via LinkedIn

Defendant threatened woman that he would kill her and her mother if she married someone else

17:06 December 26, 2017

Dubai: A manager, who threatened to kill a jobseeker and her family if she married someone else after she communicated with him on LinkedIn, has been jailed for three months.

The 30-year-old Indian woman was looking for better job opportunities via LinkedIn when she connected with the 35-year-old Indian manager, whose profile mentioned that he is specialised in the investment and recruitment sector in January.

The woman communicated with the manager for nearly six months before he asked her to email him her CV.

The woman’s ordeal started shortly after she emailed the man her CV that contained all her personal contact details.

She received emails and messages on her WhatsApp from the manager, who threatened her in writing that he would kill her and her family members if she ever got married.

The manager started stalking the woman via her mobile and email once she rejected his marriage proposal, said records.

She received threats from an Indian mobile number.

On Tuesday, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 30-year-old defendant of misusing social media to threaten the woman that he would kill her mother and her if she married anyone and cursing her via WhatsApp and email.

Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal said the defendant, who pleaded not guilty, will be deported after serving his punishment.

The victim lodged a civil lawsuit against the accused and sought Dh21,000 in temporary compensation for causing her moral and emotional damage.

The jobseeker said the accused cursed and threatened her once she refused his marriage proposals.

“He abused the fact that I had emailed him my CV that contained all my contact details. He used to watch me and stalk me constantly. He texted me on WhatsApp and expressed that he liked me and wanted to marry me … but I refused his proposal. He phoned me from different numbers and even from an Indian number. He threatened me in writing by saying, ‘In case you marry or get engaged to someone else, your mother will be the first victim … and you will be responsible for her death … then I will kill the remaining family members and you’. He called me bad names, and said he would find out where I live and come to me. Then I reported him to the police,” she said.

Tuesday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.