UAE man who molested SIA girls fined $10k

SINGAPORE - A United Arab Emirates man who molested three Singapore Airlines stewardess was fined $10,000 after pleading guilty to two counts of outrage of modesty.

School teacher Ahmad Abdulla Saleh Alyasi, 41, was on a flight from Dubai to Singapore with his family on August 19 when the incidents happened.

The father of five first brushed his hand against a 23-year-old flight attendant's thigh. Facing no reprisal, he appeared to have been emboldened to touch the buttock of a 27-year-old flight attendant when she was attending to his daughter.

When she glared at him, he apologised and walked off.

Three and a half hours later, he touched the buttocks of another air stewardess who was arranging in-flight magazines.

The third victim confronted him and he apologised and walked off. He was later arrested when he arrived in Singapore.

His lawyer Julian Tay argued that it was Ahmad's first offence and that he was remorseful.

However, District Judge Eddy Tham said that a heavier penalty was required as Ahmad continued to molest the attendants when he suffered no immediate adverse repercussions to his first act.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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