Al Muraqqabat in Dubai where the incident took place. Photo: Google Maps

An Egyptian cleaner at an apartment building in Dubai was accused of sneaking into a Filipino woman’s bedroom and groping her while she was asleep.

In November in Al Muraqqabat, the 37-year-old Egyptian man was drunk and snuck into an apartment where the Filipina and her roommates were sleeping. The Filipina woke when she felt a hand touching her private parts, Gulf News reported.

She saw the Egyptian kneeling down in front of her bed and claimed he was groping her. She yelled at the man, who ran out of the room when one of her roommates woke up and switched on the lights.

Police were then called and they arrested the Egyptian. The Filipina said the man apologized and begged her to forgive him.

On Thursday at the Dubai Court of First Instance, the man was accused of drinking alcohol and groping the Filipina. He pleaded not guilty, but admitted he had been drinking alcohol. He denied groping the Filipina.

A ruling will be handed down on December 27. In Dubai, the penalty for molestation is a jail term of three months and deportation after serving the punishment.