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Manager jailed for hugging, groping house cleaner

Defendant in shower robe tried to talk cleaner to massage him before he groped her

Gulf News

Dubai A manager has been jailed for three months for hugging and groping a housecleaner whom he had hired on an hourly basis to tidy his flat.

The Filipina housecleaner visited the flat of the 44-year-old Lebanese manager in February and while cleaning, the defendant entered the washroom to take a shower and left the door open.

As soon as he finished, the Lebanese came out of the washroom wearing a robe and called the Filipina to follow him to his bedroom to give him a massage.

Initially, the Filipina refused and told the defendant that he had hired her services to clean his flat at International City and nothing else.

Then the accused came from behind and hugged her, and groped her as he attempted to talk her into giving him a massage.

On Tuesday, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 44-year-old defendant of groping the Filipina.

The accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment, said presiding judge Mohammad Jamal.

Police apprehended the Lebanese shortly after the Filipina reported lodged a complaint.

The defendant pleaded not guilty when he showed up in court.

The house cleaner testified that the incident happened inside the defendant’s flat.

“He tried to talk me into massaging him inside his bedroom once he finished his shower. He also offered to pay me Dh100 but I rejected his offer. He told me that he liked me and that he was in desperate need of a massage. I reminded him that he had hired me to tidy up his flat and that I am not a masseuse. Then I made him sign my time sheet and left the flat … I went to the police instantly and complained,” she told prosecutors.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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