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23 April 2024

Man stalks boy in mall, attempts to molest him

By Eman Al Baik

A jobless man, who attempted to abuse a 13-year-old boy in his car was sentenced to one year in jail by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.
The boy, Algerian student RA, accompanied his mother and aunt to a shopping mall. The boy went to the games court where the accused started talking to him.
“I did not pay him attention and continued heading to the playing court. As I waited to fill my card to play, I was shocked to see the same man standing next to me and paying the fees. I gave him the money but he refused to take it. After I finished playing, he sat next to me and started talking about himself,” the victim told investigators.
The man asked the boy to accompany him to his car, which he had parked at the Cinema parking.
“I accepted that and went with him. Once inside the car, he locked the car’s doors. He then moved to the back seat and pulled me. I fell with my head down. Then he told me that he is a massage professional and started groping my back.
I was very scared of him and did not scream. While he was doing that, my mother called me. I told him ‘my mother my mother’, so he lifted his hands and I grabbed the opportunity and opened the door and ran away,” the victim told investigators.
The boy rushed to his mom and briefed her about the man.
The car's number plate was captured on CCTV. However, what happened in the car could not be recorded.
The prosecution noted that the accused had a similar criminal record.