x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Hotel security guard molested girl, 11, court hears

He restrained her and tried to kiss her, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A security guard at the Atlantis Hotel was accused this morning of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that the victim, who is British, was with her younger sister and a several other children heading to the bridge suite when the incident happened on April 13.

The girl told prosecutors that the 25-year-old Pakistani guard MA asked to kiss her, but she refused and tried to walk away. Then he grabbed her and held her close to him, she testified.

KS, a lieutenant with the Dubai police, testified that he interrogated MA at the hotel, and that MA confessed to him that he had grabbed the girl. MA told prosecutors he held the girl for less than a minute face to face and tried to touch her breast, records show.

He awaits a verdict on June 8.

salamir@thenational.ae