x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

8-year-old molested while back-to-school shopping, court hears

DUBAI // An eight-year-girl was sexually assaulted during the back-to-school rush in the Carrefour hypermarket at Deira City Centre, prosecutors told the court this morning.

The young Iranian girl was molested by the 34-year-old Indian national VA in the back-to-school promotion section of the hypermarket as she was picking through school supplies on September 21, prosecutors said.

VA crept up behind the girl between the crowds in the section, exposed himself, and rubbed himself on to her until he was relieved, then ran away, according to court records.

In his confession to prosecutors, VA  said that after he initially crept up behind the girl and molested her, he decided to return again and repeat the obscene act, but the girl gave chase and security stopped him, according to court records.

VA confessed to the charge today at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance. A verdict will be heard on December 4.

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