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Mon 18 May 2015 03:04 PM

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Dubai tourist jailed for touching policewoman

Kazakhstan man who said he was asking for directions is found guilty of sexual assault

Dubai tourist jailed for touching policewoman
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A tourist was jailed for three months after being found guilty of sexual assault when he touched a female police officer while asking for directions at a metro station.

The Kazakhstan man, KB, denied the charges of molesting the officer and of assaulting two policemen at the Burj Khalifa Metro station in December last year, according to The National newspaper.

The 49-year-old said that he merely tapped the officer on the shoulder to ask for directions and said he didn’t assault the officers who were called to restrain him.

The female police officer, NA, told the prosecutors that she was dealing with the crowd congestion when KB approached her.

“It was 4.40pm and the metro station was filled with people and I was trying to direct the crowds to ease the congestion. I was helping someone when KB touched me and asked for directions to Dubai Mall. I answered him and asked him why he touched me. He then touched my hand again,” NA said.

The officer said KB refused to accompany her to the police office, and two police officers then arrived and tried to escort him away but he refused.

Dubai Criminal Court sentenced KB to three months in jail and fined him AED2,000 ($544). KB will be deported after completing the sentence.

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