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Manager hugged, groped woman in office, court hears

Suspect refutes woman’s claims, says he had hired her for freelance translation

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Dubai: A manager has been accused of hugging a female employee and groping her when she arrived at his office to get her labour contract translated.

The 28-year-old Chinese woman was said to have visited her countryman’s office at the Dubai International City to get her labour contract translated in June.

The woman was believed to have known the 38-year-old promotion manager for a few months, according to records.

The manager asked the woman to translate her contract by herself and provided her with a desktop for the same.

While the woman was translating her contract, the manager came from behind and hugged her before she pulled herself away and shyly told him that she had to leave.

As she tried to walk away, the manager kept hold of her and pulled her to another room, where he hugged and groped her.

The manager’s grip was too tight for the woman to wriggle out but once she did, she ran out of the office and reported the matter to the police.

Prosecutors accused the 38-year-old man of molesting the woman.

The suspect pleaded not guilty before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

The woman testified to prosecutors that she cried and begged the suspect not to molest her before she resisted him and absconded.

A police corporal told prosecutors that the suspect visited the police station when asked to do so following the woman’s complaint.

“He claimed during questioning that he had hired the woman for freelance translation work at his office … on that day, the woman wanted to leave although she had not completed her translation job, he alleged. The suspect strongly denied the woman’s claims and denied groping or hugging her,” the corporal testified to prosecutors.

Presiding judge Urfan Omar adjourned the case until the suspect submits his defence when the court reconvenes on September 11.

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