Man 'raped his neighbour after a night out in Dubai'

DUBAI // A man raped his neighbour after offering her a lift home from a night out with friends, Dubai Criminal Court heard. Prosecutors said that on December 8 last year, the 24-year-old victim, a Kenyan, invited a group of compatriots to her apartment in Al Satwa. The 28-year-old defendant, also Kenyan, joined the party […]

DUBAI // A man raped his neighbour after offering her a lift home from a night out with friends, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

Prosecutors said that on December 8 last year, the 24-year-old victim, a Kenyan, invited a group of compatriots to her apartment in Al Satwa.

The 28-year-old defendant, also Kenyan, joined the party at her flat and the group moved to the home of one of the partygoers near the Iranian Hospital because he had alcohol.

“We went to his place at nearly 10.30pm and after drinking alcohol, I wanted to leave,” said the woman. She said she got into a car along with the defendant and another man because they lived in the same neighbourhood.

It is alleged she was molested by the defendant on the way. When they got to her building, she refused his request to have sex. She claims the two men restrained her while the accused raped her on the back seat.

“I got out of the car and got to my apartment, I went to the shower because I was bleeding and afterwards I called police,” she told investigators.

An Emirati police officer who took the woman’s statement said she told him the two men took turns raping her.

“She said she was scared, confused, and did not know what to do at the time, so she tried to contact the two men but when she failed to get in touch with them after the alleged rape, she called police,” said the officer.

Prosecutors dismissed charges against the other man. The reason was not made available in court.

A forensic report showed the woman had recently had sex but could not determine if the act was consensual or not.

The defendant said in court the woman had dropped rape charges against him and provided judges with a document stating so, but this was not accepted by the court because the document was a copy and not the original.

“I didn’t rape her,” the defendant told judges when he appeared in court on Monday morning. He denied a charge of rape and a charge of consuming alcohol without a license.

The court rescheduled its hearing to April 14 so the defendant could submit the original document.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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