Dubai: A horse-jumping champion has lodged a civil lawsuit to seek compensation from a man, who is accused of luring her to his villa where he filmed himself raping her.
The Egyptian champion, who was participating in a local horse-jumping competition, said she did not respond to several calls from her 24-year-old Emirati friend in June.
Once she was finished with the competition, the woman, who is a college student as well, returned the call. The Emirati friend then allegedly asked her to come over to his place in Dubai International City.
In a previous hearing before the Dubai Court of First Instance, the 24-year-old Emirati pleaded not guilty and denied the accusations of sexually abusing and raping the student by causing physical violence and misusing his mobile to film the sexual abuse.
On Wednesday, the Egyptian woman appeared before presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi and lodged a civil lawsuit in which she sought Dh21,000 in temporary compensation against moral and emotional damages.
The claimant said in her lawsuit that she was seeking temporary compensation plus 12 per cent legal interest against mental, moral and future damages that were inflicted on her because of the suspect’s criminal behaviour.
The Egyptian claimant asked the judge to convict the suspect and rule in her favour in the civil lawsuit.
According to records, when the woman reached the villa of the suspect in June, she tried to avoid going inside the villa, but the suspect allegedly pulled her into his house.
Thinking it was a joke, the victim initially took the matter lightly, but later realised the seriousness of the matter when the suspect lifted her up on his shoulder and took her to his bedroom.
The Emirati locked the door of his first-floor bedroom and when the victim refused to remove her clothes to have sex, he turned violent and beat her up, said records.
He allegedly removed the victims’s clothes against her will and filmed the alleged incident of rape.
The equestrian champion reported the matter to the police and the suspect was arrested.
The Emirati suspect pleaded not-guilty when he appeared in court.
A police lieutenant testified to prosecutors that the suspect had alleged he had consensual sex with the victim.
“He said during questioning that she came to his place and seduced him … she is the one who initiated the sexual interaction. He alleged that she fabricated the rape incident after he found her stealing Dh50,000 from his place.
“During questioning, the victim said she had consensual sex with the suspect’s friend. When the latter was summoned for interrogation, he claimed that he broke up with the victim because she had stolen Dh4,000 from another friend after she had sex with him,” the lieutenant told prosecutors.
The trial continues.