x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Jail for fake Dubai cop's kidnap of 'inappropriately dressed' woman

A man pretending to be a policeman was sentenced to jail for kidnapping and molesting a woman in his car.

DUBAI // A man who molested a woman after telling her he was a police officer and needed to check her virginity was yesterday sentenced to a year in prison.

TM, 31, an Emirati, approached the woman in the building where she lived in Al Qusais and asked her to accompany him to the police station because she was dressed inappropriately. Challenged as to his identity, he showed the woman an ID card and a picture of him in uniform.

He then asked if she was a man or woman, and said she would need to undergo a virginity test at the hospital.

Scared and in shock, the woman climbed into the man’s car, but after a while noticed that he was driving around aimlessly, and asked why he wasn’t taking her to a police station.

He replied that this might result in her being deported, so he would talk to her instead, and offered to check her virginity himself, rather than take her to the hospital.

She agreed and he asked her to move to the backseat. He then forced himself onto her and had sex with her. “I was so scared, I couldn’t say no, I was in shock,” said the woman.

The attack happened on January 27 last year.

When the man appeared in the Criminal Court last May he denied charges of kidnap, impersonating an officer and molestation.

salamir@thenational.ae