Blacksmith 'molested' woman at Dubai hotel

DUBAI // A 45-year-old blacksmith is accused of molesting a British woman while she was standing at a hotel reception desk, a court heard. The woman, whose age was not mentioned in court records, was standing at the Jumeira Rotana hotel reception desk on March 10 when the Indian suspect, who was passing from behind […]

DUBAI // A 45-year-old blacksmith is accused of molesting a British woman while she was standing at a hotel reception desk, a court heard.

The woman, whose age was not mentioned in court records, was standing at the Jumeira Rotana hotel reception desk on March 10 when the Indian suspect, who was passing from behind her, ran his hand up the woman’s bottom, prosecutors said. The woman then called police.

“I spoke to the woman and she said that the defendant apologised to her but she insisted on reporting him to police,” an Emirati policeman, 27, said. The blacksmith told police it happened by mistake, he said.

The woman said she could smell alcohol on the suspect, who was arrested and charged with sexual assault and consumption of alcohol without a licence.

The blacksmith denied the first charge and confessed to the second when he appeared in court on Sunday morning. Prosecutors said the man confessed during questioning.

Camera footage showed that the accused walked very close to the woman from behind, after which she looked back at him, then pushed him away from her.

The next hearing will be on August 7.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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