Rapist masseur is jailed for life

Dec

29

2014

A CHINESE masseur has been sentenced to life behind bars for raping an American servicewoman in Bahrain.

Zooling Fung was convicted in absentia by the High Criminal Court yesterday for raping the 21-year-old woman, who works as a chef in the US Navy based in Juffair and has the rank of an officer.

The courtroom was packed with US Navy and Embassy representatives, but the 44-year-old man did not show up for his sentencing as he was earlier released on bail.

He earlier denied the charges and claimed he had consensual sex with the woman.

However, his victim told prosecutors she and two colleagues visited a massage parlour in Juffair on March 31, where the 44-year-old man covered her mouth when she attempted to scream and sexually assaulted her.

She added that she was too scared to resist the man, who then went on to give her a 45-minute massage.

The High Criminal Court yesterday found the defendant guilty because traces of his DNA and semen were found on the victim’s body and clothes.

“The victim went for a massage at the massage parlour the defendant worked for in Juffair,” read court verdict documents.

“He then sexually assaulted her and she attempted to scream but he covered her mouth.

“We found him guilty of rape after the medical examiner’s report showed traces of his semen and DNA on the victim’s body and clothes.

“The victim also had bruises which were proven to have occurred during the attack.

“The court also believes the testimony of the victim which matches the evidence presented by prosecutors.”

Judges also issued an arrest warrant for the defendant after handing out a 25-year prison sentence.

Lawyer Fatima Al Hawaj, who represented the victim, earlier told the GDN that the man was believed to have fled the country.

noorz@gdn.com.bh

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