x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Police officer molested 16-year-old girl, court hears

A 16-year-old girl from Oman has alleged that a police officer sexually molested her in a Dubai flat.

DUBAI // A police officer attacked and sexually molested a 16-year-old girl in an apartment, a court heard this morning.

The girl, FB of Oman, was molested by Dubai policeman KB, 34, in the China cluster of the International City on July 19, court records show.

KB denied the charge of sexual assault at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

According to prosecution records, FB arrived in Dubai on July 19 from Oman to meet with an acquaintance of her uncle. The acquaintance was identified only as Adel, who is another police officer.

The girl was in Dubai to apply for a job, records show.

According to the victim's statement, she was due to meet Adel at a DragonMart nearby to hand him some papers, and he was then supposed to drive her back to Oman.

When the two met, Adel received a call from a third man, another policeman, asking Adel if he could borrow his car so he could drive to Oman. The friend had promised to take FB with him, records show.

When the third man arrived to collect the car, he also asked to be allowed to go to his home, in the China cluster, to change clothes before heading to Oman, according to court records.

Upon their arrival at the third officer's residential building, the officer asked the victim to come upstairs to the flat with him because "the area is full of foreigners and it would not be appropriate for her to wait in the car", records show.

When FB entered the flat, she told prosecutors, she met KB - who was already there. KB started flirting with her and asked her to have sex with him, records show.

"The officer I came with told him off, but he grabbed my hand and pulled my in the room, threw me to the ground, and molested me," FB told prosecutors.

The third officer and another man then rushed into the room to pull KB away, and the girl escaped, records show.

The victim took a taxi back to the DragonMart.

Later, police arrived at DragonMart to respond to the victim's 999 call. KB was located and arrested.

The court adjourned the case to December 7.

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