x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

'Stairwell rapist' merely wanted to pay victims for kisses, Abu Dhabi court told

Lawyer of man convicted of raping five women in separate attacks claims his client had only offered them money in exchange for kissing.

ABU DHABI // The lawyer of the so-called lift rapist claimed today her client had not attacked anyone, but merely offered women money in exchange for a kiss.

MA, from Egypt, is appealing against a 25-year jail term he received for raping women in five separate attacks.

The attacks were said to have followed a pattern in which he would stalk the women, all Asian and aged between 26 and 30, from night clubs to their homes before following them into their apartment building's lift and raping them at knifepoint.

But his defence lawyer Fayza Moussa, representing him at the Appeals Court, claimed that none of the alleged rapes had taken place and that each of the five women had agreed to kiss the man in exchange for payment.

"They were all drunk and on their way back from a club, he would just make out with them until he reaches his climax," said Mrs Moussa.

"When he did not pay them the Dh500, they went to complain."

The case was adjourned until September 19.

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