Man who thrust himself on woman at Dubai Fountain is jailed

When unemployed Jordanian M E, 31, appeared at Dubai Criminal Court earlier this month he said that he was not aware of his actions.

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DUBAI // A man who thrust his body at a woman’s bottom and touched himself in public at the Dubai Fountain was sentenced to three months in jail on Tuesday.

When unemployed Jordanian M E, 31, appeared at Dubai Criminal Court earlier this month he said that he was not aware of his actions.

“I don’t know what happened and I don’t know until today,” he said.

Prosecutors charged him with sexually assaulting Dutch tourist E J, 48, by touching her behind with his body several times. He was also charged with committing a publicly indecent act.

The woman testified that on November 7 last year she was watching the fountain display among the crowds when she felt someone sticking his body against hers from behind.

“I felt him moving back and forth against my behind then ... I noticed that he had pleasured himself,” she said. “I hit him but he did not care and just walked away.”

She called security and police, who found traces of the defendant’s DNA on her dress, before she boarded a flight and left the country.

The defendant was arrested on the same day.

“Up to today I don’t know what had happened to me, and I was not aware why or what was going on,” said the defendant in court.

He will be deported after completing his term.

salamir@thanational.ae