The Hush Post|12:30pm|1-min-read
A 34-year-old NRI based in Australia has been jailed for three weeks in Singapore. He molested a Singaporean cabin crew member on board a Singapore-bound flight from Sydney, a media report said.
The accused Paranjape Niranjan Jayant works for a logistics firm in Sydney. He pleaded guilty to two charges. One for molestation of the 25-year-old flight attendant in August. Another charge is still in consideration for sentencing.
Because he was remorseful and pleaded for leniency, he got a lesser jail term. For each count of molestation, he could have been jailed for up to two years and fined or caned.
Jayant, who was unrepresented, told the District Judge that he was intoxicated when he committed the offence and added, “I can’t handle my drink”.
He asked for her phone number, touched her on the hip
During the eight-hour flight from Sydney to Singapore, Jayant approached the flight attendant a couple of times. “During the flight, the accused went up to the victim at the front galley a few times to request the victim’s phone number. The victim ignored these requests,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor James Chew.
The business class passenger also caressed the attendant’s left hip, ‘The Straits Times’ reported.
About an hour before landing, Jayant approached the woman and molested her again, the report said.
The woman immediately alerted her supervisor. She later lodged a report at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 police post.