x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

PR man denies molesting young girl

A public relations officer has been charged with sexually molesting an eight-year-old girl in an apartment building.

DUBAI // A public relations officer from India has been charged with sexually molesting an eight-year-old girl in an apartment building in the al Rifaa area. QM, 39, denied the charges yesterday in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance. Prosecution records asserted that on May 31 QM hugged the child outside her residence and touched her inappropriately. The victim's father, a 39-year-old executive, also from India, told prosecutors that one of his daughter's friends approached him while his child was at play and told him that a man was embracing his daughter.

He said he then rushed outside and caught QM with her. The father told prosecutors that QM asked him not to report the incident to the police. Police records in the prosecution case file showed that QM confessed to the crime and admitted hugging the girl because she reminded him of his own children. The court is expected to issue its verdict on October 5. amustafa@thenational.ae