Suspect in court five years after attack
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.