Sus­pect in court five years af­ter at­tack

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The 2.5m gi­ant Ti­tan the Ro­bot was among the ex­hibits on show at this week­end’s Taste of Abu Dhabi fes­ti­val. Young­sters had the chance to meet the ro­bot, who has “life­like com­mu­ni­ca­tion and comedic wit”, ac­cord­ing to spon­sors Guardian Wealth Man­age­ment. Spe­cial ve­hi­cle num­ber plates will be auc­tioned by the Roads and Trans­port Author­ity (RTA), in its forth­com­ing 44th on­line auc­tion. The list of num­bers on of­fer in­clude plates bear­ing A, B, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R and S codes. Reg­is­tra­tion for the auc­tion will start to­day, while the bid­ding will open at 8am on Sun­day, Novem­ber 20 and con­tinue for six days. Po­ten­tial bid­ders are re­quired to pay Dhs5,000 as a re­fund­able se­cu­rity de­posit be­fore the start of bid­ding through a credit card, a cheque ad­dressed to the RTA or in cash. Some of the rarest plates have been sold for mil­lions. Last month the num­ber plate D 5 was bought for a record Dhs33 mil­lion. A DNA test helped po­lice to track down a sus­pected child rapist af­ter five years at large.

The Emi­rati man has gone on trial at Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court ac­cused of rap­ing an Aus­tralian girl five years ago as the child re­turned home from school in 2011.

Court records stated that the man stalked the child, whose age was not men­tioned in court, be­fore he at­tacked her.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the girl had just re­turned from school and was go­ing to her house when the sus­pect lured her into go­ing with him to a nearby house that was un­der con­struc­tion.

“The man raped the child in an un­der-con­struc­tion house and then ran away,” said a pros­e­cu­tor.

Her par­ents went to the po­lice af­ter find­ing their daugh­ter fol­low­ing the at­tack. A foren­sic re­port con­firmed that the child was raped and a man’s DNA was found on her body and clothes. “Po­lice ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion but couldn’t eas­ily trace the By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo rapist be­cause there was no clue to es­tab­lish his iden­tity,” the pros­e­cu­tor said.

“The child also didn’t know the man and couldn’t de­scribe him to po­lice­men.”

But the sus­pect was ar­rested re­cently af­ter years of hunt­ing for him when po­lice de­tained the Emi­rati on sus­pi­cion of in­volve­ment in other sex­ual abuse cases.

When po­lice tested him, his DNA matched the bi­o­log­i­cal traces stored on record from the Aus­tralian child’s as­sault, court doc­u­ments stated.

Pros­e­cu­tors charged the Emi­rati and have asked that he is given the death sen­tence if found guilty. In court, the de­fen­dant de­nied the charge, stress­ing that he had never met the girl. He also claimed that he suf­fers from men­tal ill­ness.

The trial was ad­journed un­til Novem­ber 22.

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