x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Man threatened to kill woman before raping her, Dubai court hears

The two met in June when the man asked the woman for directions to the American embassy and they exchanged phone numbers, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

DUBAI // A man drove a woman to a remote area and threatened to kill her before raping her, a court has heard.

Emirati S L, 36, denies charges of kidnapping and raping Indian A S, 25.

They met in June when she asked the Emirati for directions to the American embassy and they exchanged phone numbers, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

“He called and asked to meet me but I refused,” the woman said.

She said he kept calling and texting her and although she was embarrassed by his calls, she agreed to go for a drive with him.

He picked her up at her home at about 11.30pm one night and they drove around for nearly two hours.

A few days later, they met to have dinner and go to the cinema.

“When the movie finished at nearly midnight, I asked him to drive me home but he said he was tired and needed to rest for an hour or so in his nearby home,” the woman said.

They went to his house, and started kissing and touching her intimately.

“But we didn’t have sex,” the woman said. “I told him I was a virgin.”

Afterwards, he drove her home but took a detour.

“He headed to a remote area and demanded that I take off all my clothes,” the woman said.

She said she tried to get out of the car but it was locked.

“He said to me, ‘let me have sex with you or I would kill you’,” she said.

The woman claimed he then raped her for two hours.

“I scratched his face and hands and begged that he doesn’t rape me but he didn’t listen,” she said. “But when he drove me home, he apologised for what he had done.”

The woman’s sister, who lives in the US, advised her to call the police.

The Indian woman faces a charge of consensual sex related to the claims they were intimate. She was not present in court to face this charge. He denies they were intimate.

The next hearing will be on November 3.

salamir@thenational.ae