An unemployed man, who kidnapped a woman visiting Dubai and sexually assaulted her, had been sentenced to ten years in prison after the Dubai Public Prosecution filed an appeal.
The 46-year-old Bangladeshi was initially sentenced to five years in prison and deportation by the Dubai Court of First Instance in March on charges of kidnap, rape, sexual assault, and impersonation of a public employee. He had lied to the Pakistani woman that he worked for the Dubai Municipality and threatened that he would fine her AED 500 unless she accompanied him to the police station.
Fake ‘Govt Employee’ Receives 10 Years of Prison Term for Assaulting a Female Visitor in Dubai
In line with this, the Dubai Court of Appeals upheld the deportation order and overturned the initial ruling, sentencing the defendant instead to 10 years in prison, as shared in a report by the Khaleej Times.
A case was registered on October 6, last year, at the port police station. The 22-year-old victim said that she did not know the defendant prior to the incident. “I came to the UAE to visit my sister and look for a job.”
She told the prosecutor that she was walking with her boyfriend on Al Mamzar beach at 6 pm on the day of the incident when the defendant approached them. The defendant then showed them a card, claiming that he was a municipality employee, and asked what they were doing there and about the nature of their relation.
“He told me to accompany him to the police station and that he would fine us Dh500. My boyfriend went to his car to bring his ID card,” the Pakistani woman shared.
The woman then detailed how the defendant snatched her mobile phone from her. “He made me climb the park fence and told me ‘not to argue with him as he was a government employee’.
“He made me walk on rocks, which was very dangerous until we reached a remote location. He then gagged me and threatened to kill and throw me in the sea,” the woman recounted.
For his part, the victim’s boyfriend, a 28-year-old Pakistani driver, said she was in very bad shape when he saw her later. A police lieutenant said the accused knew the place, where he raped the victim, as he was a former employee at the park and noted that the man had also returned to the UAE despite a ban order.
A forensic report done on the victim revealed that she had actually been sexually abused while the accused tested positive for Hepatitis B.