x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Mentally ill man given suspended sentence for groping Dubai shopper

Man with mental difficulties who molested a woman in a supermarket queue is sentenced to three months in prison.

DUBAI // A mentally ill man who molested a woman in a supermarket as she queued to pay for her shopping has been sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for three years.

The victim was with her two-year-old son when S A, 33, an Emirati, reached out and groped her, and continued to until she screamed at him.

“He tried to run away but the people around me caught him, and a security guard arrived and told me the man was known to them because he had done the same thing to other women,” the woman said.

During his trial the Criminal Court heard the man had an mental illness caused by his involvement in several traffic accidents. He did not have a specific diagnosis because he refused to have tests.

“I don’t take medications, they are not good for your health,” he told prosecutors.

salamir@thenational.ae