Shopowner jailed for mo­lest­ing sales­woman

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY HAMZA M SENGENDO

DUBAI: A shopowner who ha­rassed his sales­woman af­ter of­fer­ing to trans­port her home must see out his three-month prison term, the Ap­peals Court has up­held.

The 25-year-old Asian busi­ness­man stroked the 31-year-old Filip­ina’s hair then pulled it to­wards him to buss her neck on May 11. When she re­sisted and pushed him, he felt her and tried to dis­robe her.

At Al Qu­sais Po­lice Sta­tion he con­fessed be­fore cops then turned to­wards the sales­woman and started apol­o­gis­ing to her. The Crim­i­nal Court im­pris­oned him for three months to be fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion.

He ap­pealed the rul­ing and re­quested the Dubai Ap­peals Court for le­niency. How­ever, the Ap­peals Court’s jury re­jected his clemency plea and or­dered him to serve the im­pris­on­ment and de­por­ta­tion penalty.

In pros­e­cu­tion records, the sales­woman was in­side the toys shop at a shop­ping cen­tre in Dubai at around 6:45pm when the busi­ness­man ar­rived, fol­lowed up work progress then asked her to meet him at his car.

She thought he wanted her to help fetch goods from the car. She went to the car in­side the park­ing lot. He talked about the work and said sales were low. They dis­cussed rea­sons and so­lu­tions to the de­cline.

There­after, she re­quested him to per­mit her spend the even­ing at home since it was her son’s birth­day. He called her in­side the car and claimed he would trans­port her home while dis­cussing so­lu­tions to the sales prob­lem.

She wanted to take the rear seat but he locked the door and asked her to come to the front seat. He told her he would per­mit her to spend the even­ing with her son on con­di­tion she gave him some­thing in ex­change.

He locked all doors and sud­denly stroked her hair. She pushed his hand and told him to avoid touch­ing her. She tried and failed to open the door. He held her by the hair and drew closer to kiss but she pushed him away.

He touched her all over. She pushed him and shouted “Don’t touch me!” He pestered, “Just a minute.” He tried to dis­robe her.

e kept grop­ing her un­til she burst into tears. He vowed to ire her if she com­plained.

An Emi­rati war­rant ofi­cer said, “The de­fen­dant upon ar­rest con­fessed and re­quested me to talk to the woman and ask her to for­give him. While at the po­lice sta­tion, he begged her to for­give him of all the acts he did to her.”

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