x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Watchman jailed for molesting girl playing hide and seek

A watchman who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl has been sentenced to three years in prison.

DUBAI // A watchman who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl while she was playing hide and seek was today sentenced to three years in prison.

MS, 32, from India, took advantage of NR when she hid under the reception desk of the building she lived in. MS pulled NR on to his lap and touched her inappropriately.

A friend of NR told the court they had been playing hide and seek when she saw her struggling with the watchman and asking to go home. The friend told her mother, who called police.

The policeman YA told the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance that he had been called to a residential building in Al Mankhool where MS denied the allegations.

"He said he only held the girl's hand leading her to the lift and asked her to return to her apartment," YA said.

MS will be deported after completing his jail term.

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