Man molested neighbour’s 8-year-old daughter, court hears

A 54-year-old man denied molesting his neighbour’s 8-year-old daughter when he appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court. 

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DUBAI// A 54-year-old man denied molesting his neighbour’s 8-year-old daughter when he appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court on Monday.

M A, from India, was charged with the sexual assault of the girl after pulling her by her arm away from her friends in the corridor of their building on November 2.

The girl’s Indian father testified that his daughter came to him crying and told him that their neighbour had touched her inappropriately. “She told me he pulled her from the arm and took her to the next corridor then pulled her shirt up and started touching her and he stuck her to the wall,” the girl’s father said.

The girl told her father that she manged to push the man away and escape. The father went to look for the defendant, found him near the elevator and called the police. “He denied it but I smelled alcohol on him,” testified the victim’s father .

Prosecutors said he confessed during interrogations. However, he denied the charges in court.

A verdict is expected on January 8.

salamir@thenational.ae