The Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court of Appeal upheld a suspended three-month-jail-term and deportation by the Low Court against a young man and woman convicted of exchanging nude photos on WhatsApp.
The duo was initially referred to the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court for exchanging their nude pictures and having consensual sex out of wedlock.
Court records showed the 19-year-old man - an Asian - threatened to defame the 20-year-old woman - also Asian - and post her nude pictures on social media if she severed her ties with him.
When alerted about the threat, the woman's mother lodged a complaint against him with the RAK Police.
The cops immediately took action and detained the suspect who later proved to be in a relationship with the woman's daughter.
The man was referred to the RAK public prosecution which charged him with exchanging nude photos with the woman when she was still a minor and trespassing her father's house.
He was also accused of having consensual sex with her out of the wedlock and threatening to defame her by putting up her nude pictures on social media if she got married to any man other than him.
The public prosecution also charged the woman with exchanging her nude pictures with the suspect, having consensual sex with him the suspect out of wedlock and assisting him to trespass her father's house.
The man, referred to the RAK Criminal Court, denied threatening to post the woman's pictures on social media.
He admitted to trespassing her father's house with her help, alleging the woman was the one who started sending him her nude pictures on WhatsApp and told him that he could do the same.
The defendant told the court that he did have sex with the woman when she was still a minor with her consent on their first date, following which she asked him for another date.
Also, the woman admitted to all the charges pressed against her.
The lower court found both defendants guilty and issued a suspended three-month imprisonment verdict against them. They were also ordered to be deported.
Being dissatisfied with the judgment, both litigants moved to the RAK Criminal Court of Appeal, which affirmed the same verdict.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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