Man in Dubai charged with attempted rape of tourist

DUBAI // An Italian tourist who was looking for a job in the UAE has claimed a man tried to rape her after pretending he wanted to hire her. The Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday that Indian sales representative MSP, 41, pretended to be hiring for his company when he met the 29-year-old victim. […]

DUBAI // An Italian tourist who was looking for a job in the UAE has claimed a man tried to rape her after pretending he wanted to hire her.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday that Indian sales representative MSP, 41, pretended to be hiring for his company when he met the 29-year-old victim.

The man allegedly offered the Italian, MP, a job and arranged to meet her at a hotel on August 2 last year to sign the contract.

“I met with him that day and then he told me the documents and the contract were at his hotel room so we headed there so I could sign the contract,” said MP.

She alleged that after getting into his room and signing the papers, MSP took her by surprise and attacked her.

“He dragged me to the bed but I fought back as he stuck his body to mine and restrained me with one hand while he touched my body with the other,” said MP, adding she resisted and managed to push him off and then ran out of the room.

The woman said she was traumatised and could not head to the police on the same day but reported the incident the day after.

“Her friend translated what she was saying, she said she had been subjected to an attempted rape by a man at the Marriott hotel, so we headed there and checked the CCTV footage,” testified Emirati officer MA, 27.

He said the cameras showed the two going into MSP’s room and in less than an hour the woman was seen running out of the hotel room, crying.

He noted no camera evidence proved the claim of attempted rape. However, the forensics report said the woman suffered minor bruises which could have resulted from the alleged incident.

The defendant denied an attempted rape charge in court on Tuesday morning.

The next hearing will be on February 9.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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