x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Man who gave 7-year-old niece gonorrhea jailed

He will spend 10 years in prison for repeatedly raping her.

DUBAI // A sailor will spend 10 years in prison after a Dubai court convicted him today of sexually assaulting his 7-year-old niece and giving her a sexually transmitted disease.

The 31-year-old EH, an Emirati, was convicted of repeatedly assaulting the girl. He did not appear in court and was sentenced in absentia.

Records show that in May, EH forced the girl into his room, took off her clothes and assaulted her. He threatened to beat her if she told her parents, records show.

The girl's mother testified that one week before she reported the incident to police on June 2, she noticed infections on her daughter's genitals and took her to Al Mamzar clinic.

The mother, FQ, 29, Emirati, said medicine did not help the infection. A second examination showed that the girl had contracted gonorrhea, court records show.

The mother testified that her daughter was too scared to tell her parents who had molested her. Eventually, however, she said it was her uncle, who lived with them in their Al Muhaisenah 2 house.

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