Dubai: A vendor has been accused of sexually abusing a pregnant stewardess in her kitchen when she asked him to fix a five-gallon water bottle above the dispenser.
The Costa Rican stewardess was said to have called the water provider and asked them to drop a five-gallon water bottle at her flat in Al Garhoud in December.
The stewardess heard knocks on her door and when she opened, according to records, it turned out to be a 24-year-old Pakistani vendor who came to deliver the water bottle.
Due to her pregnancy and the fact that she would not be able to lift the five-gallon bottle on her own, the Costa Rican asked the vendor to assist her and fix the bottle for her.
The Pakistani walked in to the kitchen to help the woman, who brought a glass in which she wanted to empty the remaining water from the almost empty old bottle.
While doing so, the 24-year-old vendor grabbed the woman from back, pulled her towards him, groped her and sexually abused her, said records. The pregnant woman instantly turned around, yelled at the vendor and kicked him out of her apartment.
Believed to be under trauma from what had happened, the stewardess reported the matter to the police the next day.
Primary interrogations led to the arrest of the 24-year-old Pakistani in Al Quoz.
Prosecutors accused the suspect of sexually abusing the Costa Rican woman.
The suspect entered a not guilty plea when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Tuesday.
“I did not touch her. I work for a company that distributes bottled water to houses. The incident happened while I was delivering a bottle to her flat but I did not molest her,” the 24-year-old suspect told presiding judge Mohammad Jamal.
The stewardess claimed to prosecutors that she asked the suspect to assist her in putting the bottle on the dispenser because she could not carry heavy weight due to her pregnancy.
“While I was emptying the remaining water from the old bottle into a glass, he came from behind and pulled me towards his body. I turned around and pushed him back. I moved away and instantly ordered him to leave. I was petrified and shocked that I was not aware of what I should do. I reported the matter to the police the next day,” she testified to prosecutors.
A police sergeant claimed to prosecutors that the suspect refuted the woman’s allegations and contended that he bumped into the woman’s body by mistake.
A ruling will be heard on February 18.