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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Prosecutors lose appeal against accountant who sexually assaulted two maids

50-year-old to be deported after appeal for three-month suspended sentence to be served rejected by Dubai Court of Appeal

Prosecutors lost their appeal against a suspended jail term handed to a 50-year-old accountant for sexually assaulting two maids while they cleaned his Al Nahda home in August last year.

Dubai Criminal Court ordered the Iranian man’s deportation, but the order was halted when prosecutors filed an appeal for the man to instead serve his three-month suspended sentence.

Records show that the man hired maids through a cleaning services agency and the two victims arrived at 3pm on the day the incident took place, dividing work between themselves.

One of the Filipino maids, aged 24, said: “I took the bedrooms and she took the kitchen. Then ten minutes later, she came to me and advised that I be careful because the customer had touched her.”

She said that a few minutes later, the man entered the room where she was cleaning and touched her inappropriately several times. He then left to find her colleague.

“He started a chat and said I was doing an excellent job, then placed his hand on my back before suddenly touching the lower part of my body,” said the second maid, 29.

The women both said they turned down the man’s advances and tried to finish the work at a faster pace.

“As we tried to leave, he grabbed me by the breast and I screamed at him and ran out,” said one of the victims. The maids then headed to Al Qusais Police Station and reported the incident.

The defendant denied a charge of sexual assault at the lower court, but was convicted and sentenced to a three-month suspended jail sentence, followed by deportation.

He will now be deported immediately after the sentence was upheld by Dubai Court of Appeal.

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