He dragged her to the bedroom and raped her while slapping and punching her.
A 23-year-old man, who raped his 29-year-old female friend, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Dubai Court of First Instance on Tuesday.
Prosecutors accused the Emirati employee of forcing himself on the Moroccan woman after luring her inside his friend's flat on the pretext to have a discussion on her illegal status.
The complainant said during the investigation that she was with her friend at a nightclub when the defendant called her at 4am on March 12. "He invited me to his friend's flat in Al Warqa to discuss my immigration status as I was overstaying my visa. When we reached there at 6am he went down and invited me up while showing my friend where to park his car without telling him the flat number."
After reaching the flat, he snatched her mobile phone and switched it off. He dragged her to the bedroom and raped her while slapping and punching her.
"He then left me locked up in the flat with his friend who then tried to sexually harass me. The next morning, I filed a complaint against the defendant at Al Rashidiya police station," she recounted.
A police lieutenant said they arrested the accused at the same flat at 9pm on March 28. "Psychotropic pills were found with him. He said he knew the complainant for one year and a half, claiming they had been having consensual sex."
The accused told the officer that on the incident day, he had sex with that woman and then slept till 6pm.
"The defendant claimed that as he was driving her back to her place, she got out of the car while they were stuck in traffic, and left. He said he had no idea why she left for no reason and alleged he did not assault her," the lieutenant said.
According to the forensic report, the complainant's body bore bruises and the defendant's body fluids were also detected on her.
During the public prosecution investigation, the defendant admitted to having had sex with the complainant, claiming it was consensual. His confession came after he was shown the results of the forensic report. But he had firmly denied the rape charge.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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