Dubai: A 69-year-old businessman has been jailed for three months for molesting two sisters within a span of a month at the building where they live.
A 10-year-old Indian schoolgirl was returning home from school and while waiting for the lift to go up to her house, the elderly Indian businessman followed her into the building in April 2018.
Once the elevator’s door opened, the man hugged the schoolgirl and kissed her cheeks before the frightened and shocked child pushed him away and tried to escape.
The accused pulled her and kissed her and then molested her but she freed herself from his grip and hid behind the security desk of the building in Al Ghusais.
When he disappeared, the went home and told her father about the incident.
The father reported the matter to the police who apprehended the Indian accused.
During police interrogation, the accused said he also kissed the schoolgirl’s younger sister, 8, a month before.
On Sunday, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of molesting the sisters.
Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal said the accused, who pleaded not guilty, will be deported following the completion of his punishment.
The accused, who was present in courtroom three on Sunday, was taken into immediate custody. He appealed his judgement instantly.
“I was not aware of my actions and behaviour because I suffer from a mental ailment. I am sick and didn’t know what I was doing,” the accused told the court earlier.
The father said his daughter stormed into the house and was petrified at 5.45pm.
“She told me how the defendant hugged and kissed her while she waited for the lift after school. She told me that he prevented her from leaving when she pushed him off her … he grabbed her again and kissed. The building’s security guard told me he was not present at the desk when the incident happened.”
According to CCTV cameras, the girl pointed at the defendant and told her father he is the one who molested her. When the father confronted the elderly, he said he gave her a fatherly kiss. The defendant was quoted telling prosecutors that he did the same thing to the two sisters within a month.