x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Clerk who raped women at knife point in Dubai jailed for three years

The Criminal Court also ordered MA, 29, to be deported after serving his jail term.

DUBAI // A clerk who lured two women to his apartment for a cup of coffee, then raped them at knifepoint has been sentenced to three years in prison. The Criminal Court also ordered MA, 29, from Egypt, to be deported after serving his jail term.

He picked the two women up on September 19 last year after meeting one of them on a social networking website and inviting her for coffee, but as soon as they were inside his apartment he produced a knife and told the women that if they didn't have sex with him he would call his friends and gang-rape them.

They gave in, but escaped afterwards, while he was showering.

A passer-by, JJ, from Pakistan, saw the two women rushing out of the building at about 2am. "They both looked very scared and one of them grabbed my hand and asked me to take her to her residence, on the way they informed me that someone was threatening them with a knife," he testified.

Prosecutors found one of the women's ID cards at the clerk's apartment and he confessed during police investigations, though in court he denied a rape charge.

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