Man who filmed workmate in nude wins reduced jail term

Defendant told court victim sent his indecent images with woman colleague to his wife who divorced him

Dubai: An employee won his appeal after a court handed him a reduced imprisonment for filming his co-worker after undressing him before flatmates and threatening to upload the images on social media.

After receiving images of him with a female workmate, the 32-year-old Indian restaurant employee was divorced by his wife in September 2017.

Following the incident, the 32-year-old stormed angrily into the flat that he shared with other persons, employed by the same restaurant, at Jumeirah Village.

Heading straight towards his countryman co-worker, the defendant accused the latter of sending the images of him with the female colleague to the restaurant’s business partners and his wife.

The victim instantly denied the accusation, but the suspect beat him up, stripped him naked, and filmed him with his mobile phone in front of other flatmates.

The suspect warned the victim that he would post the nude images on social media if he reported him to the police.

The victim reported the matter to the police.

In February, the Dubai Court of First Instance jailed the defendant for six months for molesting the victim by stripping him and threatening to shame him by posting his nude images on social media if he reported him to the police.

The defendant appealed the verdict and asked the Appeal Court for a reduced punishment.

Citing grounds of leniency, presiding judge Saeed Salem Bin Sarm accepted the defendant’s appeal and reduced his punishment to three months in jail.

According to the appellate ruling, presiding judge Bin Sarm upheld the deportation against the defendant, who admitted in court that he had stripped his co-worker naked.

“I molested him and undressed him in the flat. I did not threaten to shame him or warn him not to call the police. I just told him that I would do the same thing that he did to my family. I have lost my wife because of the images that the victim sent to her. We divorced because of what he did,” argued the accused.

The victim said the accused stormed into the flat at 1.30am.

“He said I had filmed him in an indecent situation with our colleague and forwarded those images to the managers and his wife. I denied it but he didn’t believe me and assaulted me. He got me naked in front of other flatmates and then filmed me. He also threatened to post those images on social media if I complained to the police,” he said.

The appellate ruling remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court.


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