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Boy molested near mall toilet, Dubai court hears

A 13-year-old boy was molested while leaving the men's toilets at the Dubai Festival City shopping mall, a court has heard.

DUBAI // A 13-year-old boy was molested while leaving the men's toilets at the Dubai Festival City shopping mall, a court heard.

The Dubai Criminal Court was told that Indian worker, RP, 24, spotted the youngster leaving the toilets on July 9. He walked towards the teenager and pulled him through an emergency exit.

The boy's father said his son told him the defendant molested him. The father reported the incident to a police officer. He told the officer his son said he had been touched inappropriately from behind by the defendant who also stuck his body close to him.

Camera footage taken from the mall showed the defendant pulling his victim through the emergency exit.

In court, the defendant denied a charge of a forceful sex act.

The next hearing will be on September 12.

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