Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 June 2019

Man who 'kissed mosque attendant's wife' tells court she is his sister

The man allegedly molested the woman while she slept and her husband had left their home to call for morning prayers

A man accused of trespassing into a mosque attendant’s home and molesting his sleeping wife told judges on Sunday that the woman is his sister.

Dubai Criminal Court was told that on December 12, the mosque attendant returned home after calling for Fajr prayers to find his wife in tears.

“When he asked her why, she told him that a man of his acquaintance had touched her,” a policeman who was called to the scene said.

The woman, whose age and nationality were not disclosed in records, said she was sleeping when she felt someone kissing her forehead.

“I thought it was my husband but when I heard my husband calling for prayer from the mosque I knew it wasn’t him and opened my eyes to see the defendant,” said the woman.

She said the man ran when she screamed and when her husband returned she told him what happened.

“I returned to the mosque and found him, I confronted him and he admitted to me then asked for my forgiveness,” said the husband who then called police.

The man, a 36-year-old Pakistani, was then taken into custody.

In court on Sunday, he denied a charge of sexual assault saying that the woman is his sister but failed to present any documents to back his claim.

A verdict will be issued on February 18.

Updated: January 21, 2018 06:19 PM