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24 February 2024

Cafeteria worker molests little girl in lift

By Eman Al Baik

An Indian cafeteria worker allegedly molested a seven year old girl in the lift after claiming that she should accompany him to pay her back the change of Dh50, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The victim’s mother, SN, 28, Algerian told the police that she accompanied her daughter to a salon situated on the first floor of a building on Al Riqqa road and while they were there she asked for a lunch meal for her daughter.

“ After a couple of minutes the cafeteria worker brought the mean and as she did not have Dh10 note she paid him Dh50 and asked him to bring back the change. He asked me to accompany my daughter so that he will give her the change. I refused that and did not notice that my daughter went with him.”

After about 10 to 15 minutes the little girl came back to the salon and she looked very scared.

“Asking her about the reason she did not speak any word, and then she said that she hates the cafeteria worker. Asking her about the reason she told me that he had groped her body and kissed her in the lift while was carried her up and down with his body attacked to hers. I noticed redness under her ear… I went to the cafeteria and when confronted him with what he did he was scared and asked her co-worker to intervene and asked for forgiveness, so I called the police,” testified the mother.

The little girl told the police that the cafeteria worker asked her to accompany him down the building to pay her back the change.

“As I got into the lift with him, I pressed the ground floor button but he pressed the seventh instead. In the lift he held me up with my back attached to his body. He continued holding me up and down and groped my private part painfully… he then kissed under my ear… As the lift reached to the ground floor he gave me the exchange and again accompanied me into the lift and pressed the seventh floor button and repeated the same thing again until the lift stopped at one of the floors and people got in… so I pressed the first floor button and got out as it reached there,” the seven year old girl told the police.

Police arrested AA, 25, who admitted to his crime excusing that he is new in the country.

The Court will give its verdict on March 30.