Sponsor ‘raped maid as wife got ready nearby’

DUBAI // A 26-year-old man raped his maid while his wife was in a nearby room, Dubai Criminal Court heard. Prosecutors said that Emirati E A raped his 33-year-old Filipino maid J J on July 28 last year after assaulting and threatening to kill her. However, in court on Thursday morning, he denied the charge. The maid […]

DUBAI // A 26-year-old man raped his maid while his wife was in a nearby room, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

Prosecutors said that Emirati E A raped his 33-year-old Filipino maid J J on July 28 last year after assaulting and threatening to kill her.

However, in court on Thursday morning, he denied the charge.

The maid said in records that as she was handling laundry at about 8.30am, her sponsor came from behind and twisted her arms then pushed her towards a tent in the villa’s garden.

She said she screamed and tried to get away but he threatened to kill her.

“I could smell alcohol on his breath,” said J J, who cried, begged and resisted, but failed to escape being raped.

She told prosecutors that she waited until her sponsor and his wife left the villa then called her embassy, which instructed her to leave the house immediately and head to its location. After she arrived, police were called.

Fellow Filipina maid S P, 47, said that she saw J J crying but did not know why at the time. “I asked her why she was crying. When she told me, I immediately informed her that I had cleaned the tent at about 11.30am,” said S P in her testimony.

Police apprehended the man at his house in Al Qusais. Prosecutors said he confessed during questioning but he denied it in court.

A verdict is expected on February 1.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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