Dubai Appeals Court reduces jail term for man who raped teenager

Man who raped teenager has his ten-month sentence reduced to three by the Appeals Court.

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DUBAI // A man who raped a teenager had his one-year jail term reduced to three months by the Appeals Court today.

Last February, the Criminal Court sentenced MN, 19, to ten months in prison on a charge of rape and to two months on a charge of illegally consuming alcohol. The Appeals Court reduced the jail term for rape and overturned the custodial term for the alcohol charge, fining him Dh2,000 instead.

The man, an Emirati, raped a German 16-year-old who visited his house in Mirdiff to watch a film after the pair met in McDonalds. After the film he forced the teenager into the bathroom and attacked him.

He admitted drinking a bottle and a half of vodka on the night in question, but denied a charge of rape.