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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Dubai court jails two men for kidnap and rape of 12-year-old boy

The defendants abducted the boy as he went to the grocery shop, assaulted him with a taser gun and raped him.

DUBAI // Two men kidnapped a 12-year-old boy, assaulted him with a taser gun and then raped him.

On Sunday, Emiratis B J, 46 and S A, 18, were convicted of kidnap, rape, assault and issuing threats to kill at the criminal court.

B J was additionally found guilty of consuming alcohol without a licence.

BJ was sentenced to five years in jail and fined Dh2,000 while SA was handed a three-year sentence.

The court heard that on December 14 last year, the boy’s mother sent him to the grocery shop at 8am but by 9am the father began to worry that his son had not returned.

“I went along with my other children to look for him when one of my kids saw his bicycle discarded by the entrance of a villa in the same neighbourhood,” said the father.

He knocked on the door and S A answered informing him that the boy had gone with B J to the grocery shop.

Then at midday, the father spotted his son driving a car with B J next to him.

“When they stopped I asked B J why would he allow the kid to drive, he told me my son insisted to learn driving. When I got near him, I knew he was drunk and smelt strongly of alcohol,” said the father.

Later that day, the father was told by his wife that the boy was taken to a deserted area and raped by the two men.

“I asked her why hadn’t she told me earlier and she said she was scared,” he said.

“On our way home from the police station, my son told me he was stunned with a taser gun, slapped and beaten with a cable before the two men took turns raping him,” said the father.

The boy said he was forced to take drugs by B J, then was told his family would be killed and his house burnt down if he told anyone about the rape.

salamir@thenational.ae