Dubai taxi driver found not guilty of molesting teenage passenger

Prosecutors told the court how AA, 31, was alleged to have groped Brazilian GK on March 19 this year after the teenager hailed his taxi in Knowledge Village at 10pm.

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DUBAI // A Pakistani taxi driver who was accused of molesting a 17-year-old passenger has been found not guilty by the Dubai Criminal Court.

Prosecutors told the court how A A, 31, was alleged to have groped Brazilian G K on March 19 this year after the teenager hailed his taxi in Knowledge Village at 10pm.

“I told him to take me to Umm Suqeim. He asked me where I came from and if I had a boyfriend,” said G K.

She told prosecutors A A stopped his car near Dubai Police Academy and insisted she sit in the front passenger seat.

“I was scared so I moved to the front seat. Then he continued driving and placed his hand on my thigh,” said G K, who called her mother and told her she was five minutes from home.

“After I finished the call, he touched my breast and pinched me before I pushed his hand away.”

G K noted the driver’s details and asked him to stop at a supermarket.

“When I exited the taxi, A A slapped me on my behind. I stayed inside the supermarket for 10 minutes to make sure he had left,” she said.

G K’s mother, B D, 53, told prosecutors her daughter came home in a distressed state.

“I thought one of our relatives had told her that her had grandfather died,” said B D, who reported the assault to police.

A A denied a charge of molestation when he appeared at the first hearing. He was found not guilty on Tuesday

tzriqat@thenational.ae