x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Molestation of 11-year-old earns one-year sentence

Man told court he was tempted by devil to abuse her.

DUBAI // A man who said he was tempted by the devil to molest an 11-year-old schoolgirl was sentenced to one year in prison this morning.

KK, a 24-year-old from India, was a salesman at the supermarket in the building where the 11-year-old, also from India, lived, the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told.

At midday on June 13, after returning from school, the girl had gone to the supermarket to buy some items, but left because it was too crowded.

"When I took the lift, the man appeared suddenly and got inside the lift as well," she told prosecutors, and the man moved to stand behind her.

He touched her inappropriately before the lift door opened, and she ran out screaming, she said.

A female neighbour heard her and rushed to see what had happened, but KK had already fled, prosecutors said. Her father, MA, was told of the incident and rushed outside to find KK being restrained by several men.

TA, a police officer at the Naif police station, said KK confessed to molesting the girl, saying the devil had tempted him.