Court told of sex as­sault

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An im­mi­gra­tion em­ployee is ac­cused of lur­ing a woman to his farm on the pre­tence of throw­ing a din­ner party – only to then rape her.

Dubai Court of First In­stance was told the 28-year-old Emi­rati, who works at pass­port con­trol at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port, at­tacked the 23-yearold Ital­ian woman at his farm in Jebel Ali. The woman also works at the air­port.

She said she has known the de­fen­dant for sev­eral years and on May 28, 2016, he in­vited her to din­ner.

“He came to my home and took me in his car,” she said.

“He said we would go to a farm where his broth­ers would bring their girl­friends to have din­ner.”

When they got to the farm, the woman said they were alone. She claims the man dragged her to the bed­room and raped her. “I re­fused to let him touch me but he pushed me on the bed and ripped By Ali Al Shouk off my clothes,” she said.

The court heard the de­fen­dant went to the bath­room and the woman fled. She said she saw farm work­ers out­side and asked for help but they said noth­ing. Her at­tacker ap­peared and dragged her back in­side by the hair, she said. The court was told the man later drove the woman to Abu Dhabi.

“I asked him to stop at a petrol sta­tion and he didn’t leave me alone,” she said. “He even stood out­side the bath­room door then took me to my place.” She told a friend what had hap­pened and they went to the po­lice.

The de­fen­dant de­nies rape. His lawyer ac­cused the woman of try­ing to black­mail his client by fab­ri­cat­ing the story.

Pre­sid­ing Judge Fa­had Al Shamsi ad­journed the case.

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