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Pakistani detained for groping Filipina in Dubai beach

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A Pakistani driver faces trial in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly sexually harassing and groping a Filipina swimmer at a beach in Dubai last August.

The Pakistani, 32, is under the custody of Dubai Police and went on trial at the Court of First Instance last Sunday, September 8. The hearing was held in private.

During the trial, the Filipina cleaner, 39, said the incident occurred last Aug. 2, where the Pakistani forcibly hugged and inappropriately touched her (https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/dubai/man-detained-for-groping-swimmer-at-dubai-beach).

She said the incident occurred when she was with her friends swimming in Jumeirah. Prosecutors said the Pakistani harassed the group and would go when told to stay away, but would return.

The Filipina recalled she was still swimming about half an hour later when he suddenly swam very close to her, then forcibly hugged and inappropriately touched her.

When the Filipina pushed away the Pakistani and screamed, he swam away to the beach but she chased him and asked beachgoers to restrain him.

A 42-year-old Filipina cleaner said she witnessed the incident.

Police arrested the defendant, who claimed he touched her thigh by mistake.

The Pakistani will be sentenced on September 18.

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