Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Rape suspect arrested five months after attack

Police arrest a suspect in a rape case several months after the crime using DNA analysis.

DUBAI // A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a Japanese tourist five months ago.

The breakthrough in the case came after police received a tip-off about a man who had sold a black four-wheeler that matched the description of the vehicle used in the attack.

Police arrested the man and said they were able to match his DNA with some collected from the woman.

The 25-year-old tourist had taken public transportation from Dubai to Hatta during a visit to the country in mid-March.

She arrived in the town about 1.30pm and began asking for directions to the heritage village.

"The suspect, driving a black four-wheeler, offered to take her there and she agreed as she thought he was honest," said Col Salem Al Rumaithi, the deputy general director of investigations.

The woman said the man took her to an abandoned valley and asked her to have sex with him. She told police when she refused he raped her.

The man returned the woman to a nearby road and MF made her way back to the bus station and sought help from police.

"The woman was in a state of shock," Col Al Rumaithi said.

The victim was taken for forensic testing and provided details of the rapist the following day, police said.

"We wanted to document everything as the woman was leaving in two days. But unfortunately, she did not give many details, which made our search difficult," said Lt Col Ahmed Al Merri, the head of CID.

An investigation team started searching for the suspect. They first looked among men with a criminal record but expanded the search after finding nothing.

On August 28, police were informed a man who matched the description of the attacker had sold a black four-wheeler about the same time as the assault.

"The fact that he sold his car got us suspicious of him, and we put him under surveillance," Lt Col Al Merri said.

SA, a resident of Hatta from an unidentified Gulf country, was arrested on August 30. He has been referred to public prosecution.

"The suspect has denied the crime but we have called in the victim, and she is expected to come back to the country soon to identify him," Lt Col Al Merri said.

wissa@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Walter Zenga is one win away from claiming silverware for the first time in the UAE. Karim Jaafar / AFP

Walter Zenga seeks early retribution at Al Jazira in Arabian Gulf Cup final

A victory over Al Ahli in the Arabian Gulf Cup final will help prove the Italian has turned around the fortunes of the capital club.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National