ABU DHABI // A man who raped his step daughter over a period of three years has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by the criminal court.
The Emirati man began raping the girl, now 15, she was 12 years old, the court heard. In a recent incident he drove her to the desert and raped her in his car while he was drunk.
When the girl returned home at dawn her mother noticed she was tired and asked her what had happened. When the victim told her mother she reported it to police.
During investigations, the girl told officers that she was too afraid to tell anyone about the rapes because her step father threatened her.
The defendant said he was under the influence of alcohol and unaware of what he was doing.
Prosecutors had previously sought the death penalty, but accepted the jail sentence.
The defendant was also fined Dh10,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes for consuming alcohol.