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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Driver molests his boss' 8-year-old daughter, hears Dubai court

The man admitted to kissing the girl like a daughter but quickly retracted his statement

A driver accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl admitted to kissing her “like a daughter” then retracted his admission from court.

“I kissed her like I would kiss my own daughter then took a picture with her in front of her mother,” said the 35-year-old truck driver, who worked for the girl’s mother.

Moments later, the driver changed his plea saying he didn't kiss the girl at all.

On December 5 last year, the Singaporean mother, 38, brought her daughter to her office in Deira where the defendant worked as a truck driver.

“Later that day and I was putting my daughter to sleep, she said that around 10pm before we left the company and as she was with the driver alone in the office, he did something bad to her,” the mother said.

She said her daughter cried as she told her that the man touched her for nearly 20 minutes while the mother had left the office to bring them some food.

“She told me he started by touching her all over her body then kissed her and when she ran away to the kitchen, he followed her and revealed his privates and ordered her to touch him back, but he received a call and left,” the mother told prosecutors.

The mother took her daughter to Naif police station to report the incident.

“The mother was shaking and crying, and so was the girl, we calmed them both down then took the girl to a play room in the station,” said an Emirati police officer, 32.

“After a while when she was calm and started playing we asked her about the incident, she pointed at every part the man touched and said that at the end he took pictures of her.”

The officer said that the driver was arrested 45 minutes after the report was made.

“He admitted that he had made a mistake, then we found 13 pictures of the victim on his phone,” the officer said.

At Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday, the defendant denied a charge of sexual assault. His verdict will be issued on February 20.