Youth turns female on SMS then 'proposes' murder or marriage to Dubai girl

23-year old Emirati went to girl's house to propose

A 23-year-old Emirati student, MBM, developed friendship with a girl over SMS by pretending to be a girl and later threatened to kill her and the family if she didn’t marry him, the Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old victim MAH, Emirati student, testified that in 2011 she knew a “girl” via messenger and continued chatting with her for about three months. Then she gave her the mobile number but later realised that it was a boy.

“Then he started making annoying calls; since I did not want to answer his calls, I bought another Sim card. I was shocked when he called me again on my new number. He called me several times and wanted to meet me. When I refused him, he threatened to kill me and my family if I refused to marry him.

“One day he came to our house and seemed drunk; he rang the door bell and shouted to open the door. My mother came to me and I told her the whole story. He called me later and my mother answered the call and asked him not to call again. But he threatened my mother to kill her and burn her car. My mother told him that if he calls again she will inform the police. But when he called again my mother lodged a complaint with Al Rashidiya Police Station,” testified MAH.

The victim’s mother SF, Emirati businesswoman, testified that on July 12 her daughter told her about how she got in touch with the accused and how he harassed and threatened her.

“I called from my number asking him not to call again otherwise I will complain to the police. He threatened to kill me and my children if I did not allow him to marry her. As he continued calling my daughter and attacked our house, I lodged a complaint with the police,” testified SF.

The prosecution noted that the accused had similar crime record.

He confessed to calling the girl and her family and his marriage request was rejected by the family.

However, when appeared before the Court he denied the accusations and the Court adjourned the case for verdict till December 18.

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