x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Etisalat worker charged with assault

He touched woman inappropriately while on a house call to install internet, the charges say.

DUBAI // A 26-year-old Etisalat electrician denied sexually assaulting a woman while installing internet service at her apartment, the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance heard this morning.

Prosecutors charged DA, from India, with touching the woman's back and hand while the two were alone in a flat.

According to records, the victim, a 26-year-old housewife from Nepal, had sought an internet connection from Etisalat.

She testified that DA called her about 10am on November 23, 2010, to set up an appointment. He arrived at her flat about 10.30am and she allowed him inside.

After he finished, she said, he asked her to try to connect to a website using her laptop.

She said when she held her laptop and started connecting, the suspect stood behind her and put his hand on top of hers, claiming he wanted to show her how to control the mouse, then touched her back.

Records show that she screamed at him, but when he asked her to sign the application, he touched her hand again.

At that point, she told prosecutors, she felt scared and waited outside for the suspect to finish and leave.

She told her husband when he returned home from work, who went to the Rafaa Police Station and filed a report against DA.

A police officer, AA, said the suspect confessed to the charges and said he had offered to unblock pornographic websites for the woman.

The court will reconvene on March 28 to issue its verdict.

salamir@thenational.ae