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Guard who molested labourer gets a year in prison

A guard who molested a labourer has been sentenced to a year in prison, to be followed by deportation.

DUBAI // A security guard found guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow labourer was sentenced to one year in prison this morning.

The 38-year-old Pakistani guard JH gained access to the room of the 22-year-old Chinese labourer JY at about 6pm on an unspecified day in February by pretending he needed to take some measurements, prosecutors told the Dubai Criminal Court.

JY went to sleep after turning down a request from the guard to help him with the measuring.

The labourer said JH later awakened him, offering to give him a free massage. The guard then locked the door and pushed the labourer's face into the bed before pulling down his underwear and molesting him.

The labourer said he resisted and managed to shake off the guard before rushing out of the room. He then informed police.

The guard denied a sexual assault charge and presented the Dubai Criminal Court with a waiver from the labourer.

JH will be deported after serving his prison term.

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