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Prosecutors lose appeal against alleged molester of two boys

Suspect strongly refutes charge of groping brothers in corridor

17:04 September 19, 2016

Dubai: Prosecutors on Monday lost their appeal against a delivery worker who was cleared of molesting two brothers.

In June, the Dubai Court of First Instance acquitted the Indian delivery worker, R.T., of flicking his middle finger in the face of the two Yemeni brothers, groping them and asking them to remove their shorts due to lack of corroborated evidence.

The two Yemeni brothers, aged eight and six, were playing in the corridor outside their house when the 22-year-old worker was said to have flashed his finger in their face, molested them and asked them to undress in May 2015.

Prosecutors appealed the acquittal and asked the Dubai Appeal Court to overturn the acquittal and imprison R.T.

The latter renewed his not guilty plea and firmly refuted prosecutors’ accusation.

He argued before the court that law enforcement officers beat him and coerced him to confess to a crime that he did not commit.

Presiding judge Eisa Al Sharif upheld the suspect’s acquittal and overruled the prosecutors’ appeal.

The suspect was said to have touched the boys indecently and asked them to remove their shorts while they were playing in the corridor.

The older brother was quoted telling prosecutors that the suspect touched them indecently in the corridor when they were playing and gestured indecently.

“He also asked us to remove our clothes … we ran into out flat and closed the door. It was not the first time that he had done such a thing. He used to pat us on our head and he once grabbed my hand,” the boy was cited as saying.

The father told prosecutors that when his sons told him what had happened, he accompanied them to the grocery where the Indian suspect worked.

“We entered the shop and when I asked about R.T., my sons recognised him immediately. When I confronted him, he admitted that he had molested my boys and apologised for what he had done. Police did not check the CCTV footage. The neighbours’ children told me that the suspect did the same thing to them whenever he spotted them playing in the corridor,” he claimed.

Meanwhile the delivery worker strongly refuted the claims of the father and the brothers.

The appellate ruling remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court within 28 days.