x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Woman in a coma was 'molested while lying in her hospital bed'

A female patient at Rashid Hospital was sexually assaulted while lying in a coma after an Emirati security guard went into her room, a Dubai court has heard.

DUBAI // A female patient at Rashid Hospital was sexually assaulted while lying in a coma after an Emirati security guard went into her room, a Dubai court was told yesterday. M E was charged in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance with sexual assault. He allegedly spent the night of April 4 in M A's hospital bed and molested her on several parts of her body. The defendant entered the patient's room, asked D K, a nurse, to leave and locked the door after her, according to Dubai Public Prosecution records.

D K allegedly saw the suspect kissing the woman through a glass panel in the door. She was also surprised to find him lying beside M A and holding her hand in the early hours of the following day. Hospital security officers intervened after being notified that there was a male in the female patients' section, prosecution records showed. "I went to check out the situation and I saw the suspect," K R, a hospital security guard, told police. "I got him out of the room after fierce resistance and I heard him telling the nurses that he was the husband of the patient, to later change his mind and say that he is her brother."

The case was adjourned until May 26 to bring the suspect to court. He was not present for yesterday's hearing. wissa@thenational.ae