Club­ber in sex as­sault bid dur­ing break-in

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A woman has told of how she was at­tacked in her apart­ment by a drunk club­ber who fol­lowed her home af­ter a night out.

The Moroc­can na­tional, de­scribed in court records as a model, said she was wash­ing clothes in her bath­room when she heard some­one en­ter the flat in the Mu­raqab­bat area of Deira on Fe­bru­ary 6.

The 35-year-old thought it was her sis­ter, who she lives with - only to be ter­ri­fied when the Co­moros Is­land na­tional pulled a bag over her face.

The 27-year-old is on trial ac­cused of at­tempted By Ali Al Shouk rape, tres­pass­ing and drink­ing alcohol. He de­nies the charges.

The woman said: “My sis­ter went to the gro­cery shop but she didn’t lock the door. I heard some­one en­ter­ing the flat and then he opened the door on me. At first I thought he lost his way - but he at­tacked me.”

She tes­ti­fied: “He knocked me on the ground and tried to stran­gle me with his hands.

“He tried to take off my clothes but my sis­ter ar­rived and started yelling.”

It is claimed the man jumped from the first-floor bal­cony. The women were left shocked and they called po­lice. The sus­pect was ar­rested a short time later. An Emi­rati po­lice of­fi­cer said that the man con­fessed, but the de­fen­dant dis­puted this in court.

The trial was ad­journed to pro­vide time for a lawyer to be as­signed to de­fend him.

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