Limo driver loses appeal against sexual assault of passenger

The driver touched the woman’s arms then offered to massage her to help her relax after a long flight.

DUBAI // A limousine driver has lost his court appeal against a three-month sentence for sexually assaulting a female passenger after picking her up from Dubai International Airport.

The Bangladeshi, 36, touched the woman’s arms then offered to massage her shoulders while he was driving her to the Regency Hotel, Naif, in the early hours of March 22.

The woman, whose nationality and age were not given, said that she took the front seat of the limousine and, on the way, the driver touched her left arm and tried to touch her thigh, but she stopped him.

He told the tourist he wanted to give her a massage to help her relax after the long flight. After he dropped her at the hotel, the woman called police and gave them the limousine’s plate number.

Police and prosecutors said he admitted a charge of sexual assault during questioning. But in court in May, he denied having touched her.

The court ruled he should serve his time before being deported.

salamir@thenational.ae

Published: September 14, 2016 04:00 AM

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