Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 September 2019

Man jailed over video blackmail threat

Jordanian man, 47, found guilty of sexual assault, making secret recordings and blackmail.

The married owner of a shipping company has been jailed for nine months after attempting to blackmail a woman into having sex with him.

Dubai Criminal Court heard how the 49-year-old Jordanian victim met the defendant two years ago through his business.

After becoming friends, the woman asked to lease an empty apartment belonging to the man for a few days.

But during a meal with her son, the defendant propositioned her. And when she refused he threatened to post videos he had made of her in secret online.

“He touched me while we were having dinner and he then told me he wanted to have sex,” the woman told the court.

“I refused. It was then that he told me about the recordings he’d made using cameras at his place.”

Prosecutors revealed that the victim rang the defendant’s wife to tell her of her husband’s threats.

But the Jordanian man, 47, responded by again threatening to publish the videos if she did not retract her accusation.

“He said he would defame me using the video if I didn’t call his wife and retract what I told her,” the woman said.

The defendant was found guilt of sexual assault, making secret recordings and blackmail. He was ordered to be deported after completing his sentence.

Updated: May 21, 2019 04:49 PM

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