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Salesperson breaks into woman's flat, rapes her.

Summary: Suspect threatens to harm woman before having forced sex with her

Bassam Za'za', Legal and Court Correspondent

Dubai: A salesperson has been accused of forcing his way into a flat and threatening to harm a woman with a stick before he had forced sex with her.

The Egyptian woman was said to be alone in her flat when the 28-year-old Sierra Leonean salesperson knocked at her door around 8pm and asked her about the contact number of her flatmate in December 2014.

The woman scolded the salesperson and asked him to leave, according to records, before he returned at 1am, and broke into the apartment.

He was believed to have grabbed a stick from the kitchenette, threaten the woman to beat her and had forced sex with her.

After raping the woman, he stole her money and fled from the scene, according to records.

Prosecutors accused the suspect of raping the woman and stealing her Dh170.

The suspect pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.

"I did not do so ... I did not steal," he told presiding judge Mohammad Jamal.

The Egyptian woman told prosecutors that she kicked the suspect away from her door when he first came at 8pm.

"When he returned at 1am, he broke the door and stormed into the flat ... he grabbed the stick and threatened me. Then he muzzled me, pinned me down to the floor and raped me ... after he finished, he took my money and fled from the scene," she told prosecutors.

The victim's Egyptian flatmate told prosecutors that the suspect knocked her door one Friday afternoon and she scolded him and kicked him away when he asked her for her number.

"Sometime after midnight, my flatmate called me and she sounded hysterical over the phone and asked me to come to the apartment. When I reached the flat, I found the police there and I was told that my flatmate had been raped," she told prosecutors.

According to court records, the Sierra Leonean suspect had been convicted in two criminal cases of similar nature and jailed to one year and six months in 2015 and 2016.

The court will appoint a lawyer to defend the suspect when it reconvenes on October 29.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 1, 2017
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