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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Teen pushed man from Dubai lift after 'attempted sexual assault'

The man allegedly tried to touch the boy in BurJuman Mall station

A 14-year-old boy pushed a man he accused of attempting to sexually assault him out of a lift at BurJuman Mall station to escape.

“He walked towards me and asked for directions to the mall. I told him, then walked away towards my destination,” the teen told prosecutors at Dubai Criminal Court.

The 39-year-old Pakistani defendant then allegedly followed the boy into the lift, where he started a conversation with him, asking his age and nationality.

“When the lift door shut, the man stretched his arm towards my thigh and then moved his hand up to my abdomen and chest. I panicked. When he tried to touch my privates, I just couldn't take it. When the door to the lift opened, I pushed him out as hard as I could,” said the teen.

The teen was heading to an educational centre nearby when the incident allegedly happened on February 14 this year. When he reached home in Al Rafaa, he informed his parents, who called police.

His mother demanded to see the station's CCTV footage. “When I saw that he was so scared and that the man was pushed out of the lift, I knew he had told the truth,” she said.

The accused denied a charge of sexual assault.

A verdict is due on July 4.