Man who molested woman on Dubai bridge before trying to expose himself is jailed

Algerian woman tells court it was the second time the Indian man had followed her but this time he touched her and was trying to lower his trousers.

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DUBAI // A 25-year-old driver has been found guilty of molesting a woman before trying to expose himself to her on a pedestrian bridge in Dubai.

The Indian man will spend three months in jail before being deported, said Dubai Criminal Court.

The incident happened on February 20 when the Algerian saleswoman was walking home from a late shift.

When the accused touched her, she looked back at him. “He was smiling and trying to lower his trousers, so I screamed and pushed him then reached for my mobile,” said the 38-year-old.

The man then ran off.

She said it was the second time the man had followed her but he did not come near her before as other people were also crossing the bridge.

“Two days before the incident, he was walking next to me and smiling at me but I ignored him,” said the woman.

Six days later, she was contacted by police to identify him at a police station.

In court in April the man denied a charge of sexual assault and said he touched the woman by mistake.

However, he was convicted and will be deported after serving his prison term.