Jordanian man jailed by Dubai court for attempted rape of tourist

A man was sentenced to a year in jail and deportation for attempting to rape a Croatian tourist.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard that the 34-year-old victim, T B, managed to run barefoot from her assailant?s car to seek help of customers in a nearby restaurant.

At 8.30pm on November 25 last year T B was waiting for a taxi at the entrance to Dubai Mall when the defendant M Z, 25, from Jordan, pulled up in his car and offered her a lift.

She said she began to fear for her safety when M Z parked in a remote sandy area.

Before she could object, he jumped on her and started slapping her.

?He grabbed me from my neck but I managed to stretch my leg and open the driver?s door then ran out,? she said.

She added that she left her handbag behind and took shelter in a nearby restaurant where customers called police.

Police arrived and took her to the station in a patrol car.