x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Man's 'sleep attack' on girl, 13

A 19-year-old student sexually molested a 13-year-old, who had been his "girlfriend" since she was 11, while she slept in his bedroom, a court hears.

DUBAI // A 19-year-old student sexually molested his 13-year-old "girlfriend", kissing and hugging her while she slept in his bedroom, a court heard yesterday.

AM, an Emirati, had been in a relationship with the girl since she was 11 and confessed to investigators that he embraced the youngster, according to prosecution records.

He appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance and was also charged with trespassing, damaging private property and assaulting an 18-year-old friend.

AM denied these charges before the Dubai Criminal Court, but admitted damaging private property.

Records show that on July 2, the girl's mother could not find her in the house and called her daughter's friends. She discovered the girl was with AM and was unable to reach him by telephone. The mother then filed a police complaint.

The girl told prosecutors that she met AM and they visited the house of one of his friends, who "got into an argument with AM". AM then punched his friend.

The girl said she went to AM's house, sneaked into his room and fell asleep before she returned home the next day. According to prosecution records, AM confessed to sexually molesting the girl in her sleep.

The court will issue a verdict on December 23.

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