x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Six months' jail for rapists

Two men who raped a student are sentenced to six months in prison.

DUBAI // Two men who kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old student were today sentenced to six months in prison each.

The Dubai Criminal Court also fined HK, a 23-year-old stateless man, and AA, a 19-year-old from Yemen, Dh2,000 each for consuming alcohol.

The student, also from Yemen, was walking back to his home in Al Qusais after visiting a friend when the two men assaulted him, shoved him into the boot of a Honda Civic and drove him to AA's house.

The men then forced the student to drink alcohol in a second-floor bedroom after which he lost consciousness for about three hours. When he woke, he was naked.

The two men then raped the student, assisted by HK's brother.

After the attack the student managed to escape from the window of the toilet and ran naked all the way home where his father called police.

When HK was arrested police found a video recording of the attack on his mobile phone. "He confessed but said he was drunk," a police officer, 23, told the court.

The 24-second clip showed the naked student being punched on the chest and slapped on the face but the assailant was not shown as he was holding the camera.

A forensics report found that bruisings and other marks on the student's body were consistent with his story.