x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Driver convicted of drunken groping

He molested woman on the street as she walked home, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A driver was sentenced this morning to six months in prison for drunkenly groping a woman as she walked home in International City.

The 22-year-old MM, from Pakistan, confessed before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance to sexual assault and consuming liquor. The court referred him to the Misdemeanours court for the drinking charge.

The Filipina victim, 30-year-old AJ, a cashier, told prosecutors that on April 2 she was walking to her apartment after finishing her shift at work. She testified that she saw the defendant walking with another man in the opposite direction.

When they passed AJ, prosecutors said, MM stretched out his hand and touched the woman's groin.

Police said he also confessed during investigations. He will be deported after serving his prison term.

salamir@thenational.ae