x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Hotel security guard jailed after tryst with teen turned to rape claim

The security guard has been jailed for a month and will be deported for having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

DUBAI // A hotel security guard has been jailed for a month for sex with a minor after a tryst with a 17-year-old girl who accused him of raping her.

The girl, MM, claimed that on the night of March 9 she with her sister at a nightclub in the hotel in Al Riqqa area, and returned to her room with a headache.

Moments later, someone knocked on her door and when she opened it, the guard, EJ, a 28-year-old Egyptian, gagged her, threw her on the bed and raped her.

“I resisted him but he was bigger and stronger than I am,” the Iranian girl told prosecutors. “I was a virgin before this incident and I begged him and cried so he leave me alone but he didn’t.”

EJ, however, denied raping her, saying both sisters had been flirting with him since they arrived at the hotel three days previously.

“The older sister used to tell me repeatedly that MM loves me,” he said in records.

He said he went to MM’s room to say goodbye, as she was leaving the next day. As soon as she opened the door, she dragged him inside by his shirt and started kissing and touching him, he said in his testimony. “I swear to god she was all over me,” he said.

The Iranian girl, MM, was referred to the Juvenile Court, and has been deported. CCTV from the hotel corridor outside her room showed she had not been raped, according to records.

Both were convicted of consuming alcohol, for which EJ was fined Dh1,000.  He will be deported after serving his prison term.

salamir@thenational.ae