x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Teens deny kissing outside Dubai police academy

The teenagers claim they were chasing an assailant, not kissing in the bushes outside the academy, a court was told.

DUBAI // Two teenagers were caught kissing in the bushes outside the police academy, a court heard.

Emirati officer E?M, 26, said he was guarding the back gate when he heard noises coming from the bushes.

The teenagers “were sitting on a small rug and kissing”, and the girl’s shirt was unbuttoned.

“When she saw me she buttoned up and her boyfriend told her to run away,” the officer said.

He called for two colleagues to help and the boy started hitting him.

The teenagers, S?S, 15, and his girlfriend R?J, 16, both from India, denied engaging in an intimate act in a prohibited area at Dubai Misdemeanours Court last week. The boy also denied assaulting the police officer.

He told prosecutors they were out for a walk in June last year when a man walked past and shoved his girlfriend, prompting him to defend her.

“I started chasing the man and jumped over a fence,” he said. “It was only later that I discovered I was in the police academy.

“We were not doing anything inappropriate. I was just holding her because she was frightened.”

The girl said she followed her boyfriend but did not know they were on the academy’s premises.

“We only remained there for about five minutes,” she added.

The next hearing will be on March 12.

salamir@thenational.ae