Man held for molesting sleeping tenant in Dubai

Man held for molesting sleeping tenant in Dubai October 27, 2016

He was renting out bed spaces and the complainant used to be one of his tenants.

A Pakistani man, accused of molesting a female tenant who had rented a bed space in his flat as she slept, was sentenced by the Court of First Instance to three months in jail to be followed by deportation.

The 30-year-old earlier denied kissing the woman’s neck and head, hugging and inappropriately touching her against her will while they were alone in the flat. He claimed she was maliciously accusing him over overdue rent.

He was renting out bed spaces and the complainant used to be one of his tenants.

The complainant, a 26-year-old Vietnamese, said she only knew the accused after she rented a bed space in his flat in the English cluster in the International City.

She said at around 1.30am on August 9, she woke up when she felt someone kissing her on the head.

“It was the accused who was leaning next to me. He kissed me and lay by my side hugging me,” the woman told the prosecutor.

She said she instantly pushed him and told him to get away from her.

But his answer was that he loved and missed her, hugging her again.

She stood up when he touched her inappropriately but he hugged her once more. He then told her she had to go through the complete leasing period before she could vacate.

“He told me he would keep all my belongings so I would not leave,” she said.

Later in the afternoon on that day, she received voice messages from the defendant in which he allegedly called her bad names.

She reported the man at the Dragon Mart’s police centre.

At around 1am, she went with the CID officers to the defendant’s flat where she picked up all her stuff.

The accused, who was then sleeping, was arrested. He was staying in the same flat where he would give bed spaces for rent to women only. He and five women, including her, were occupying the beds which were separated by curtains

The ruling remains subject to appeal by the accused and the public prosecution.

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