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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Dubai school cleaner jailed for filming pupils as they changed

The cleaner sneaked into the locker room to film the boys, aged 7 and 9, as they changed into their clothes

A Dubai school cleaner who filmed two pupils as they changed out of their swim wear will spend three months in jail.

On March 27, the 23-year-old Nigerian defendant took a mobile phone into the school and hid in the changing rooms to film the two brothers, aged 7 and 9, as they dressed.

One of the boys saw the defendant filming them and asked him what he was doing but the man did not respond.

"It was my friend who spotted the cleaner first then alerted me. When we looked at him, the cleaner covered his mobile phone with his hands and when we asked if he had taken any pictures, he denied it and left quickly," the 9-year-old boy said.

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The Turkish boys told their teacher, who then told the school principal, about the incident. The principal called police after confronting the cleaner who denied filming the boys.

The boys’ mother said the principal told her what had happened when she picked her sons up from the school in Al Barsha the same day. She said her sons also told her what happened on the way home.

“When I went to school, the principal asked to talk to me and informed that he reported the matter to police and that I should expect a call from them,” said the mother, 43.

She said police called her the same day and asked her to give a testimony at a police station. “I told them what my kids told me,” she said.

The cleaner’s phone was confiscated and prosecutors found the video of the naked children.

During police questioning, the cleaner admitted to filming a video of the boys.

At Dubai Criminal Court this month, the defendant pleaded guilty to a sex assault charge.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to three months in jail followed by deportation.