Blacksmith jailed for molesting schoolgirl
Also fined for being intoxicated during crime
By Bassam Za' za', Senior Reporter Published: 00:00 January 28, 2011
Dubai: A blacksmith has been jailed for six months after a court convicted him of molesting a teenaged girl on board a Dubai-bound Emirates flight.
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 36-year-old Indian blacksmith of sexually molesting the 15-year-old Moroccan girl. He was sentenced to six months in jail followed by deportation. The court also fined him Dh1000 for being intoxicated at the time when he committed the crime.
Prosecutors said 36-year-old V.D. consumed liquor before he molested the girl on board the EK flight while the airplane was at an altitude of 38,000 feet.
"I consumed liquor but I did not molest her," V.D. argued when he defended himself in court.
Prosecutors said V.D. abused the fact that the Moroccan girl was asleep when he sat beside her and groped her private parts.
The schoolgirl, B.B., said the incident happened while she was sitting along near the window seat.
The girl's Emirati brother-in-law testified that when he and his wife [B.B.'s sister] went to pick her from the airport, they were informed about the incident.
The primary judgment remains subject to appeal within 12 days.
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