A student admitted in court on Thursday that he molested a 13-year-old schoolgirl, whom he had met through the phone, and kissed her without knowing her real age.
The 19-year-old Jordanian student, A.M., was said to have hugged and kissed the 13-year-old Pakistani girl in the parking lot of a mall in Dubai in November.
Prosecutors charged him with molestation.
The suspect pleaded guilty when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance and admitted that he kissed the minor girl.
"You kissed her although she is 13 years old?" presiding judge Urfan Omar asked the suspect.
"Yes I did. She is my friend ... but I did not know her real age," replied A.M.
The teenaged schoolgirl claimed to prosecutors that the incident happened after she got acquainted to A.M. through the phone [without disclosing how].
"I had known the suspect for around a year. We got acquainted over the phone ... I want out with him three times. In November we were together when he hugged me and kissed me on the lips. It happened in the parking lot," she told prosecutors.
The suspect was cited as admitting to prosecutors that he hugged and kissed the schoolgirl.
Meanwhile during police questioning, he claimed that he touched her hand only.
Presiding judge Omar will hand out a judgement on March 21.
By Bassam Za'Za'
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