x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Two had sex with 15-year-old, court told

The three had a consensual tryst in hotel room, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // Two visitors who came to celebrate the new year in Dubai had sex with a 15-year-old tourist, a court heard this morning.

The two men, MK, 27, and BS, 30, both from Saudi Arabia, are accused in the Court of Misdemeanours of having consensual sex with a minor. The girl, a 15-year-old South African, was charged separately in the Juvenile Court with consensual sex.

The men are not eligible for a statutory rape charge because the girl is older than 14.

All three were arrested on January 3 after the girl's father reported her missing.

About 3am that day, the girl, who was in Dubai with her family, went walking with her younger brother in the tennis courts at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, records show.

Her 51-year-old father, said that when he couldn't find her, he asked hotel employees, who told him they had seen her talking to two men on the tennis courts, then leaving with them.

The girl testified that the men offered to show her around Dubai. She said she and her brother with with MK and BS, but instead of showing them the sights, they took her to a hotel room in Al Barsha, undressed her and began kissing her.

She said she was crying but was too frightened to resist. She said the two men raped her, then put her in the shower to clean off the evidence.

She said they kept her in the room for about an hour before driving her back to the hotel, where her father and police were waiting for them.

MK and BS denied raping her, and said they had consensual sex with her. They said they insisted on taking her back to the hotel because she left her brother in the car while she had sex with them, records show.

BS also said she told them she was 18.

The next hearing in the case was set for Sunday.

salamir@thenational.ae