Shop worker jailed for molesting teenager

The 31-year-old Indian man was sentenced to four months

A shop worker who molested a teenage girl while helping her try on an abaya has been sentenced to four months in prison.

The 15-year-old victim was with her mother at the Dubai Mall when the incident happened on November 13 last year.

While the girl’s mother was busy elsewhere in the shop, the defendant touched the girl’s chest and stomach, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

The terrified teen ran outside to tell her father who called the police. CCTV footage from the shop later showed the man touching the girl inappropriately.

During questioning, the defendant denied sexual assault and claimed he had touched the girl by accident.

“He claimed he was buttoning the abaya when the touching happened and that he didn't mean it,” a policeman told the hearing.

The 31-year-old Indian defendant was found guilty and ordered to be deported after serving his prison term.

Published: March 1, 2019 11:18 AM