Inmate accused of raping autistic cellmate found not guilty

DUBAI // A 19-year-old who was accused of raping an autistic man while both were being detained at Al Rashidiya police station was found not guilty on Thursday. At Dubai Criminal Court in March, the Emirati accused denied rape and physical assault charges. The court was told he had, on June 20 last year and […]

DUBAI // A 19-year-old who was accused of raping an autistic man while both were being detained at Al Rashidiya police station was found not guilty on Thursday.

At Dubai Criminal Court in March, the Emirati accused denied rape and physical assault charges.

The court was told he had, on June 20 last year and before then, raped his compatriot, who suffers from autism, after covering their cell bunk beds with sheets so no one could see in.

The alleged assault was reported after the autistic detainee mentioned it publicly, after which police said the suspect slapped his compatriot in the dinning hall.

A 26-year-old jobless Emirati said he and his brother were being detained along with the defendant and two others on robbery charges.

“We headed to the TV room, leaving the accused, the victim and my brother in their cell,” said the unemployed man, adding that shortly after they left, his brother followed them to the TV room and told them about the sex assault.

The defendant denied both charges in court and was acquitted on Thursday morning, though no reason for the verdict was forthcoming.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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