Manager accused of sexually assaulting sacked employee, Dubai court hears

Man is alleged to have committed the offence after inviting woman to his home to pick up her gratuity cheque

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A sacked employee was sexually assaulted by her former manager after agreeing to meet him to pick up her gratuity cheque, a court heard.

The British woman, 34, went to the man's office to receive the payment after being dismissed just three weeks into her role at the firm in Dubai's Business Bay.

When she arrived, the Afghan accused, 29, told her the cheque was at his home, so she agreed to accompany him to his residence.

She first joined him for dinner at a five-star hotel near his Arabian Ranches home, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

After they left the restaurant to walk to his home, he is alleged to have pinned her against a tree before forcibly kissing her.

“He told me its better to walk since the house is not too far and the driver will take a long time and on the way he pinned me to a tree,” she said.

She said the street was dark and empty and she was scared to leave, instead agreeing to go to his address.

“While inside his house, I sat on the sofa and he started touching and kissing me. When I received a phone call from my sister, he stopped touching me,” she said.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on September 27 last year.

The man denied a sexual assault charge in court.

The hearing was adjourned until May 28.