x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Driving instructor cleared of strip charge in Dubai

A driving instructor accused of stripping in front of a student is cleared by the Appeals Court.

DUBAI //A driving instructor sentenced to jail after changing his clothes in front of a student has been cleared by the Appeals Court.

The court overturned the one-month jail term and deportation order given to RK, 44, from Pakistan, who in March was found guilty by the Misdemeanours Court of breaching the woman's modesty.

The instructor changed in the back seat of his car after a lesson on December 17, but his female student took offence and reported him to police, claiming he had stripped in front of her.

The student, YA from China, said that at the end of the lesson they parked near to Al Wasl Sports Club and the instructor - who was working for the Belhasa Driving Centre - offered to drive her home in his own car. She said that when she agreed he got into the back seat and began stripping.

"I was sat next to him in the car, but when he took off his clothes, I jumped out and went to the administration to report him," she recalled.

She said that the instructor had not touched her in any way.

The instructor denied the charge saying that he left the driving school's car and got into the back seat of his own car to change his clothes. He said he changed before she joined him in his car.

His lawyer Yousif Al Bahar, told the Appeals Court that his client had not stripped in front of the woman, and had not revealed his genitals.

"She was still outside the car when he changed his clothes," said the lawyer. "He is innocent of the charge and the deportation order would ruin his family - a wife and three children who live and study here."

salamir@thenational.ae