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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 November 2018

Prison term doubled for nanny who sexually abused boy, 4

The nanny had been working for the famnily for several months

A nanny who was sentenced to three months in prison for sexually assaulting a boy, 4, has had her sentence doubled by Dubai Court of Appeal.

The nanny, 33, from the Philippines, started working for the Emirati family at their home in Al Rashidiyah, Dubai, a few months prior to the incident in March this year.

“We were potty training him but at night we would have him in diapers, so I asked the accused to put on his diaper before he went to bed,” said the boy’s mother, 34.

When her son said he was in pain, she checked the area and found redness and she applied some cream, thinking he had a rash.

Two days later, while she was with her mother and children having a Moroccan bath, she heard the boy telling his grandmother that the nanny had been touching him and had caused him pain.

“I asked him again and again to make sure he wasn't making it up then took him to the hospital, where two doctors checked him and confirmed that he had been sexually abused,” said the mother, who called her husband and informed him at once.

The husband reported the nanny to police who went to the hospital and spoke to both doctors.

Police were provided with a medical report and subsequently arrested the accused, who denied a charge of sexual assault in court last June. However, she was convicted and sentenced to three months in jail to be followed by deportation.

Prosecutors appealed seeking for a harsher sentence. The appeals court doubled her prison term and upheld her deportation.