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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 25 May 2018

Worker accused of kissing girl, 5, on the lips

The defendant said he kissed the girl because he felt like she was his daughter

A worker kissed a girl while she played in the playground near her family home in Dubai, the criminal court was told.

The five-year-old girl’s mother discovered what had happened after she left her daughter in the car with her sister-in-law to give the defendant food on March 9.

When she returned to the car, her sister-in-law told her that her daughter hid under the car seat when she saw the worker.

“When my sister and law asked her why, she told her his breath was bad,” said the 44-year-old Iranian mother.

She said she gently spoke to her daughter over the next two days to try find out what had happened to her.

“She said that he kissed her on the lips twice when she was at the playground in the gated community where we live.”

The mother told her husband and the defendant’s supervisor before she called police.

During police questioning, the 46-year-old Indian defendant admitted to kissing the girl but told judges he only kissed her on her cheek.

“I felt like she was my daughter and I kissed her on the cheeks like I kiss my kids,” said the accused.

His verdict will be issued on May 27.