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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 26 March 2019

Man who launched sex assault on British tourist in lift is jailed

Woman was in Dubai to visit her husband when she was assaulted on way to yoga class

A man who carried out a sex assault on a British tourist in a lift has been hit with a six-month jail term.

The 24-year-old offender, from India, stood up against the victim while pleasuring himself, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

The 35-year-old woman was in the country to visit her husband when she was subjected to the ordeal while on her way to a yoga class.

The incident took place on November 11 of last year in Aspect Tower, in Business Bay, Dubai.

After the attacker got out of the lift, the woman rushed to the building reception to alert security guards, who then called police.

While there was no CCTV footage of the incident, police found DNA evidence on the woman's clothing that linked the man to the crime.

He was arrested the following day and then identified by the victim.

He admitted the offence during police questioning only to deny a sex assault charge in court.

He as convicted at court and will be deported at the end of his prison sentence.

Updated: February 21, 2019 04:48 PM

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