x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Kidnap and rape acquittal turns 15-year sentence into one-year jail for assault

An unemployed man sentenced to 15 years for kidnapping and raping a woman he wanted to marry has been acquitted of sex charges and sentenced instead to 1 year for assault.

DUBAI // A man jailed for 15 years for kidnap and rape has been cleared of both charges.

Emirati M?A, 24, was sentenced in absentia by the Criminal Court last September.

He appealed the verdict and his case was heard by a different panel of judges, who found him not guilty of kidnap and rape but convicted him of assault. He was sentenced to a year in jail.

His accuser was a woman he had asked to marry him but her family refused.

Prosecutors at his original trial said this prompted him to kidnap her. They said he climbed into her car when she parked next to Deira School for Adults on December 11 last year.

They said he pulled out a knife and forced her to drive to a hotel in Al Ain, where he raped her after calling her family.

The woman reported him at Al Muraqqabat Police Station, telling officers she escaped by tricking her kidnapper into stopping at a shop so she could buy water.

The woman’s sister testified that the man often called her and cried because his marriage proposal was not accepted.

salamir@thenational.ae