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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Man jailed for sexually assaulting nine-year-old girl

The man thrust his body against hers from the back while in the lift for a residential building in Dubai Marina

A man who sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl in a lift will spend three months in prison.

At 6.30pm on February 18, the 39-year-old Iranian man was in the lift of a residential building in Dubai Marina when he began chatting with the girl about sports, bodybuilding and horse-riding.

Dubai Criminal Court was told he then offered to show her how to ride a horse.

“She told me he had her bend over then he thrust his body against hers from the back, after which she was terrified and as the lift’s door opened she ran home screaming,” said the child’s Syrian mother, 41, who went to the building’s reception where her daughter pointed at the defendant.

Police arrested the man an hour later.

In court, the man denied charges of sexual assault but was sentenced to jail followed by deportation.

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