x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Rapist sentenced to 10-year imprisonment

A 20-year-old Emirati man was caught after a string of burglaries and rapes.

DUBAI // A 20-year-old man who raped a woman in front of her child was found guilty yesterday and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

IA, an Emirati, raped the Filipina in her house after he broke in and sneaked into her bedroom, where she was sleeping with her child, Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance records stated.

The 24-year-old victim waited several days to report the crime, but finally decided to inform her Emirati husband, who called police.

The husband realised that his wife was unstable, and two days after the assault the couple got into an argument, during which she revealed to him what had happened, prosecutors said.

The incident occurred about 10.30pm on January 28, 2009, prosecutors said. IA jumped over a wall and climbed in through an open window. He was wearing a ski mask and holding a knife, records said.

According to prosecution records, he raped the woman after waking her up and threatening her with the knife. She told prosecutors she begged him not to kill her, or her child.

IA was arrested few months later after several other burglaries and charged with trespassing, theft and rape. IA denied the charges in June last year.