x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Rape victim 'helped to kill her attacker'

Three people are accused of torturing to death a man they say committed rape.

DUBAI // A rape victim mutilated her attacker's genitals with a heated knife and two of her friends beat him to death, a court heard yesterday.

Suleiman Adam, a student, had agreed to be beaten as a punishment for the rape, and died from a brain haemorrhage, Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told.

The woman, LO, 20, told prosecutors she fell asleep in the apartment of friends after a night out at Armani nightclub in the Burj Khalifa a few days before the death on June 17.

She woke to find Mr Adam having sex with her. "I was not able to stop him from raping me because I was drunk," she said.

LO reported the attack to two of Mr Adam's classmates - KT, 21, and AS, 20 - and all three confronted him in his apartment at Tecom. "We told him we would beat him up to make up for the crime, or we could report it to police," KT told prosecutors. Mr Adam chose the beating, he said.

The victim was found with his genitals disfigured by burns, the court was told, and DNA matching that of LO was found on the knife that inflicted the wounds.

KT was arrested at the apartment, LO was picked up a few hours later and AS was detained at Cairo airport on an Interpol warrant after fleeing the country.

All three deny sexual assault and assault leading to death. The hearing was adjourned to January 31.

 

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