x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Pakistani driver jailed for assaulting Dubai mall worker during lift home

Pakistani driver had told the Filipino victim on several occasions before that he loved her and wanted her.

DUBAI // A bus driver who sexually assaulted a saleswoman he was taking home has been jailed for three months.

Pakistani Q K was driving eight employees, including the Filipina victim, from a mall in Dubai on the evening of November 15 last year.

She said he had told her several times that he loved her and wanted her.

“He dropped everyone else off at their homes and I remained alone in the bus,” she said. “He changed the direction and when I asked him where he was going he said he was taking me to his house.

“‘I want you,’ he said to me, but I refused and asked him to take me back home.”

But the driver parked under a building in Al Hamriya, then grabbed her neck and tried to molest her. She resisted, pushing him away and unlocking the door to escape.

She said she saw a woman getting into a car and ran to it, hiding inside.

“It was about 8pm and I was getting into my car when a woman came running and hid inside my car,” said the witness R K, who is also from the Philippines.

“She told me the driver had molested her but she was very scared and I didn’t understand much from her.”

At the Dubai Criminal Court last month, the driver denied a charge of sexual assault.

He will be deported after serving his sentence.

salamir@thenational.ae