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19 April 2024

Did salesman kiss 4-year-old girl in mall?

By Eman Al Baik

A supermarket customer saw an Egyptian salesman dragging a 4-year-old girl and kissing her, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

On 22 January, at around 11.20pm, FN, 32-year-old Pakistani housewife, was shocked when she saw a man dragging a little girl by her hand away from customers in a corner of a supermarket in a Mirdif mall.

“The girl was shouting saying: ‘Leave me’ while he was dragging her forcibly.

“Then I saws him kissing her and beating her lower back. I was curious to know what is going on. I stepped towards them and asked him why he was doing that.

“He told me that the girl is his niece. However, the little girl denied any relationship with the man,” the woman testified.

As the customer shouted at the salesman, other staff and customer gathered around.

The woman asked the management to show camera footage to prove her claim, but her request was denied, so she called the police.

When the girl’s father arrived, the management said they reviewed the recordings and did not see any of the woman’s claims.

The girl’s mother MM, 32, Egyptian housewife told the police that she left her children including the little girl at the electronics section as they were playing on a play station there and went shopping with her husband.

“A couple of minutes later, my son called me and asked me to come quickly. My husband and I went there and we were told by a customer that she saw a salesman molesting my daughter and that she called the police,” testified the mother.

The mother noticed that her daughter’s cheek and neck were red.

Police arrived and arrested the salseman HK, 28, Egyptian.

The little girl told policemen that the salesman kissed her cheek, bit her neck and beat her lower back.

HK denied the accusation when appeared before the court and told the jury that he is not an animal to molest a little girl.

“I have nephews and nieces myself. How can I do such a thing to a child?”

He also noted that he has been working in the supermarket for three years.

“Many children come and play in the electronic section, I have never done such a thing and will never do that,” he told the jury.

His lawyer asked the court to review camera footage of the supermarket.

The court adjourned the case to March 3 to hear testimonies of witnesses.