x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Taxi driver denies trying to rape teacher, Dubai court hears

A taxi driver denied forcing his way into an Irish woman’s flat and trying to rape her, claiming she invited him in.

DUBAI // A taxi driver denied forcing his way into a woman’s flat and trying to rape her, claiming she invited him in, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Wednesday.

“After I dropped her at her residence, I noticed she had forgotten money in my car so I returned to give it to her,” said T K, 26, a Bangladeshi. “She invited me in and asked me to massage her shoulders. She was drunk and we argued. Then she gave me Dh200, after which I left.”

The woman denied the driver’s version of the events that took place on February 1. “I was leaving a cafe along with my friend at nearly 4am and took his cab,” said Irish teacher M L, 40. “He dropped my friend then continued to Al Warqa, where I live.”

She said the driver asked to exchange phone numbers so she could call him if she needed a taxi. “About 20 minutes later he called and said I forgot money in his taxi. I said I didn’t and no money was missing, but he insisted,” she said. He went to her flat and, when she opened the door, forced his way in.

The teacher said the cabbie then pushed her to the floor, took money from her purse and twice tried to rape her, before she managed to get him to leave.

Policeman K A said the driver was arrested shortly afterwards, and lipstick was found on the shirt he was wearing that day.

The next hearing is on June 25.

salamir@thenational.ae