The victim, ANH, 14, American student, testified that on March 17 at around 11am she went to a building in Dubai's Knowledge Village to take her Arabic language lessons.
“A man entered the lift behind me. I pressed the 31st floor while he pressed the 21st floor. As the lift arrived at the 21st floor, the man did not get out. As the door closed he came close to me and groped my face. I pushed him away put he did it several times. When the lift arrived at the 31st floor, he got out and I got out too. I told my tutor what happened in the lift,” she testified.
The tutor informed the girl’s father AHH, 53, businessman, who rushed to the building and talked to the watchman and then informed the police.
First Sergeant Adel Saeed testified that the building’s watchman could identify the tenant from the recording of the camera lift. The recording showed the man did not get out of the lift at the 21st floor that he had pressed but rather stayed in the lift and molested the girl who pushed him away several times until the lift reached the 31st floor.
Police arrested JLW and the girl recognised him during the identification parade.
JLW denied the accusation. The case was adjourned until May 29.