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Man denies molesting girl after break-in

An Indian is accused of breaking into a home in the Gold Market area of Al Rafaa and molesting an 11-year-old while she slept.

DUBAI // A man who allegedly molested an 11-year-old girl in her bed after breaking into her family's house in Al Rafaa, denied charges in court today.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard that AT, a 29-year-old Indian, broke into the home of MB in the Gold Market area in Al Rafaa, entered her daughter's bedroom at around 2am and molested her while she was asleep.

The incident allegedly happened on May 14.

MB, a 37-year-old Indian housewife, testified that her daughter, PH, woke her up.

"She was frightened and told me that someone was in the room."

She said the girl told her she was awakened by someone touching her bottom. The man ran away.

"I got up and locked my door from inside but then someone started trying to unlock the door," MB said. She added that she started screaming for help and called police, who found the main door to her apartment open.

The girl told prosecutors that she had seen the defendant one time before the incident in the building's lift. His visa lists his occupation as servant.

A verdict is expected on July 19.

salamir@thenational.ae