x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Girl with baby from previous affair ran off with another man, Dubai court hears

Pregnant 15-year-old ran away with man she met on BlackBerry Messenger, hears court.

DUBAI // A 15-year-old girl who already had a 6-month old baby from an illicit relationship ran away with another man she met on BlackBerry Messenger, a court heard.

The girl, an Emirati, called her compatriot EH, 20, on March 1 and arranged for him to pick her up from her family house in Oud Al Mutainah. The man then took her to his family's home in Nad Al Hamar while his parents were away.

Later the pair moved on to an abandoned villa where the they had sex repeatedly over a four-day period, and then on to a tent in Al Khawaneej for a further five days.

Police found the girl at one of her friend's houses after her mother filed a missing person's report.

Both admitted having consensual sex, saying they were in love and intended to marry.

The Misdemeanour Court charged the man with sex outside of marriage. A verdict has not yet been issued. The girl was charged at the Juvenile Court and will be sent to a juvenile centre.

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