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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Student 'catches man who sexually assaulted her while out walking'

The woman chased the alleged offender and passersby helped her catch him, the court was told

A woman who was sexually assaulted by a man while she was out walking with her grandmother chased the offender down and caught him, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday.

On October 17, the 19-year-old Emirati student was out for a walk with her 50-year-old grandmother near Al Kuwaiti Mosque in Naif when a man spanked her behind and ran away.

“I screamed and immediately chased him, people who heard my cry for help joined in the chase and we caught him,” said the student who then called police.

Her grandmother told police she did not see what happened only heard her granddaughter scream before running after a man. “She later told me what he did,” the Emirati said.

An Emirati policeman said a crowd surrounded the offender while the woman screamed him.

“I took him into custody and he didn't not respond when I asked him if he had touched the student or not, but he was drunk,’ said the officer.

The Pakistani defendant, 43, did not attend court on Tuesday to face a sexual assault charge.

The next hearing will be held on December 14 to summon the accused.