x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Dubai rapist has sentence reduced to ten years

Man's life sentence for raping his girlfriend is reduced to ten years in prison by the Appeals Court.

DUBAI // A man who raped his girlfriend had his life sentence reduced to ten years by the Appeals Court today.

FA, 24, an Emirati, lured the woman to his house on January 6 last year claiming he would show her where they would live as a married couple, but when she arrived he dragged her inside and assaulted her before locking her in a bedroom and raping her.

The girlfriend testified that he raped her so that she could not marry any other man and that he also took pictures of her topless.

The man claimed the sex happened with the woman's consent, but when he appeared at the Criminal Court last November he was found guilty of kidnap and rape charges.

The guilty verdicts were upheld by the Appeals Court, though the sentence was reduced.

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