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BlackBerry romance results in rape charge for Dubai student

A student who went to visit a girl he met on BlackBerry Messenger has been accused of raping the 13-year-old and assaulting her pregnant sister-in-law.

DUBAI // A student who went to visit a girl he met on BlackBerry Messenger has been accused of raping the 13-year-old and assaulting her pregnant sister-in-law.

At about 3am on November 24, Z?S went to check on her husband’s younger sister and found her cowering in her bedroom, a court heard yesterday. Z?S searched the room and found the defendant, S?S, 16, hiding in the bathroom.

Z?S, who was seven months pregnant at the time, grabbed S?S and screamed for her husband to come help her. But S?S hit her and pushed her violently to the ground.

The husband, M?J, a soldier, caught S?S then called police to the family home in Al Warqa.

M?J told prosecutors his wife suffered back and abdominal pains because of the fall.

Upon questioning, the girl told prosecutors she had met S?S on BlackBerry Messenger about three months before the incident happened. “S?S is my love,” she said. “I loved him so much and I still do.”

On the day of the incident, she said S?S asked to meet her so she gave him her brother’s villa address. “I was surprised to see him near the house and was afraid I would be busted, so I let him hide inside my room, but he started touching me then ripped off my clothes and raped me,” she said.

S?S was charged with trespassing, rape, and assault while H?J was charged with aiding S?S to commit trespassing.

S?S told prosecutors: “She asked to see me and said I could come to her brother’s house, so I went. But I didn’t have sex with her and, no, I didn’t assault her sister-in-law.”

Both denied all charges at the Dubai Court for Juveniles and Family. The next hearing will be on March 19.

salamir@thenational.ae