x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Pupil assaulted during private tuition, Dubai court hears

Maths teacher denies molesting a 15-year-old girl.

DUBAI // A mathematics teacher told a 15-year-old pupil he was "horny" and wanted to eat her, the Criminal Court heard today.

Prosecutors said that the girl's mother took her to Al Ittihad Cultural Council in Hor Al Anz at about 6pm on May 19 so that she could receive private tuition in mathematics and physics.

When the girl finished her physics lesson she was taken by the manager of the council to another room for her maths lesson and was introduced to her teacher KY, a 45-year-old Palestinian. The manager then left the room.

The girl said that the teacher then asked her name, before telling her she was a "princess". She said the teacher kept staring and smiling at her throughout the lesson. "When I was taking down notes he often tried to touch my hand and I would pull it back," she said.

The teacher then grabbed her arm and she recoiled. He then touched her cheek and passed his finger over her lips. She then jerked her head backwards and the teacher left the room briefly.

When he returned, he kissed her on the lips. The girl pushed him away once more and told him to concentrate on the lesson. "But he kept asking me if I liked sex and told me he was horny," said the girl.

She said that when the lesson ended he kissed her once more, saying "Alas, time is over. I wanted to eat you."

The pupil ran down the stairs and headed to her mother's car. When she got home she told her older sister what had happened and her mother overheard. The mother then told her husband and he reported the matter to police.

The 41-year-old father, an Armed Forces officer, said his wife told him what had happened at about 10pm. "I changed my clothes and took my daughter then headed to the council," he said. But when he arrived the council was closed. He then called the operations room which followed up his report and police arrested the teacher.

The teacher denied a charge of sexual assault.

The next hearing was scheduled for September 25.

salamir@thenational.ae