x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Woman beat back attacker with a shoe, Dubai court hears

A secretary hit her company's driver with a shoe to defend herself after he molested her, a Dubai Court has heard.

DUBAI // A secretary hit her company's driver with a shoe to defend herself after he grabbed her breast, a Dubai Court heard today.

The secretary, ZD, 38, from the Philippines, was reportedly molested on February 7 by the driver of the company she worked for while he was picking up some electronic equipment for delivery.

The driver, BA, a 28-year-old Pakistani, grabbed the woman's breast and tried to hug and kiss her while both were in one of the company's offices to remove a computer.

"He had called and asked me to find the keys of one of the offices and call him back but I told him that I could not because the company phone line was disconnected and I did not have any credit in my phone," she said. "He then told me that he would buy me a phone card in exchange for a kiss. I ignored him and shut the phone."

Shortly after BA reached the office he attacked her, but she pushed him away and hit him first with her hand and then with her shoe.

BA then took the computer and went downstairs but came back to take the printer.

"He once again tried to hit on me," said ZD. "So I hit him with a box and pushed him again."

ZD reported the incident to the police after BA left the office.

BA was charged with molestation but he denied the charges.

A verdict is expected on March 13.

wissa@thenational.ae