Nigerian jailed for raping teacher in Dubai

…defendant convicted of forced entry and rape, to face further civil action before Civil Court

A Nigerian vendor has been jailed for ten years for assaulting and raping a teacher after he forced his way into her studio flat at Dubai Silicon Oasis, a court ruled on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Nigerian, E.S., met the British teacher in the lift of her building before he entered her flat while she was opening the door in January.

Despite his having pleaded not guilty, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted E.S. Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal also referred the civil lawsuit that the teacher’s lawyer, Hamdan Al Shamsi, lodged against E.S. to the Civil Court.

The accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment.

Advocate Al Shamsi told the court his client is seeking Dh21,000 in temporary compensation against the damages she suffered following the assault and rape.

“My client has sustained physical, moral and emotional damages. We are seeking a temporary compensatory amount that we would be altered once the case comes before the Dubai Civil Court,” argued the lawyer.

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Meanwhile, the defendant repeatedly said no when he defended himself in court.

The Briton testified that the incident happened around 3am shortly after she ran into the accused in the lift of the building.

“Firstly, I thought he lived in the same building. When he asked me, I told him that I live on the 25th floor … he followed me when I walked out. Though he said he wanted to ensure that I reached home safely, I asked him to stop chasing me. He forced his way into my flat once I opened the door … he was physically stronger than me. He prevented me from running away. He pushed me inside, carried me to the bed and raped me. I could not defend myself. Then he left the flat. I dressed up and went to my friend’s place and then reported the incident to the police,” she said.

E.S.’s lawyer contended that the claimant was drunk when she complained to the police and her alcohol test showed that she had 27mg/dl in her system.

“This is a fabricated rape case. They had consensual sex. The victim lied about being raped. She did not want the police to accuse her of having consensual sex and drinking alcohol and that was why she made up the rape allegation,” contended the defence lawyer.

A police officer testified that E.S. was apprehended in a place close to the neighbourhood.

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“During questioning, E.S. said the woman was drunk and she had asked him to help her carry a bag for her to the flat. He claimed that she was very drunk and invited him to her flat where she also willingly asked him to have sex with her … he claimed that she willingly let him into her flat and took off her clothes on her own. The building’s surveillance cameras showed the teacher and the suspect chatting for a bit before walking into the lift … the Briton was also seen handing him a bag once they entered the lift,” the officer testified.

Sunday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

 

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