x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Dubai policeman testifies in case of TV show star accused of rape

The corporal said he went for a walk at 6am when he found the alleged victim lying half naked in a building site.

DUBAI // A policeman and a housekeeper have given evidence in the case of a French teenager who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a television celebrity.

Emirati S S, 34, is accused of raping the 19-year-old after inviting her to a party at his villa in Jumeirah on July 5 last year.

His compatriot A A, 23, is accused of molesting the woman after his friend had raped her.

At Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday, Emirati police corporal A M A, 45, said that he finished his night shift at 6am the day after the alleged incident and went out for a walk near his home.

He was alerted by a security guard who worked in the area that he had seen a woman lying in a building site.

“I found the girl with her lower half completely naked. I didn’t touch the body as I didn’t know if she was dead or alive,” he said.

“I immediately called the police then I called my wife and told her to bring a blanket to cover her naked body.”

Sri Lankan N N, who works for the defendant S S as a housekeeper, said he was asked to clean the villa the day after the incident.

“S S calls me from time to time to clean up the villa and take care of his dogs. When I went to clean the bedroom, I found a lot of papers scattered in the room and bottles of alcohol. I also found a weird liquid on the bed,” he told the court.

He was asked by the judge if he had seen the French women at the scene.

“I never saw the victim in the villa,” he said.

Previously, the French woman had described how she met the men at the Sheraton hotel in Jumeirah Beach Residence, then drove with them to their villa where they all consumed alcohol.

“I fainted and then woke up in hospital and knew I had been raped,” she said.

The next hearing will be on May 24.

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