x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Man arrested for molesting girl on Emirates flight

A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl aboard an Emirates flight to Dubai last summer.

DUBAI // A 14-year-old girl was sexually molested on an Emirates Airline flight to Dubai last summer, a court heard yesterday.

The girl, according to court records, was flying unaccompanied to spend a holiday with her sister. She was sexually molested five hours into flight 752 from Casablanca by an Indian man, VD, 36, prosecutors said.

According to records, VD was intoxicated and attempted to use the toilet, which was busy. He saw the girl in a window seat nearby, sat down next to her, and molested her while other passengers slept, prosecutors said. He did not have sex with her, according to records.

Prosecutors charged VD with sexual assault of a minor and illegal consumption of alcohol. The defendant denied the charges before Judge El Saeed Bargouth, of the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

The court is to reconvene on January 9.

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