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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 March 2019

Dubai shop worker accused of touching teenage customer

The man is accused of touching her while helping her try on an abaya

A shop worker has been accused of molesting a teenage girl while she was trying on an abaya at The Dubai Mall.

The defendant, 31, from India, is accused of touching a 15-year-old girl's chest, abdomen and privates while she was trying on a garment and her mother was busy with a saleswoman at the same shop.

The teen told prosecutors that on November 13 last year she visited the mall with her family.

While her and her mother were trying on abayas and after the incident occurred she ran out of the shop towards her father, who was waiting for them.

The father called police who checked the shop’s CCTV footage, which they say showed the man touching the girl inappropriately.

An Emirati police officer said the defendant denied the assault during police questioning and said that he touched her by accident.

“He claimed that he was buttoning the abaya and that he didn't mean anything by it,” said the officer.

In court on Thursday morning, the man denied a charge of sexual assault charge.

A verdict will be issued on February 28.

Updated: February 15, 2019 09:00 AM

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