Indian-Origin Australian Man Jailed In Singapore For Molesting Flight Attendant

Jayant said that he was drunk when he committed the offense and added, "I can't handle my drink."


An Indian-origin Australia-based man has been jailed for three weeks in Singapore for molesting a cabin crew member on board a Singapore flight.

Paranjape Niranjan Jayant, 38, pleaded guilty to two charges of molesting the 25-year-old flight attendant in August and had one charge taken into consideration for sentencing, PTI reported.

During the eight-hour flight from Sydney to Singapore, Jayant, who works for a logistics firm, approached the flight attendant a few times to ask for her phone number, but she ignored him, PTI said in its report.

The business class passenger on board a Scoot flight also caressed the attendant’s left hip, ‘The Straits Times’ reported.

Deputy Public Prosecutor James Chew said, “Subsequently, during the flight, the accused went up to approach the victim at the front galley a few times to request the victim’s phone number. The victim ignored these requests.”

According to reports, the attendant moved away from him and he told her she was beautiful before returning to his seat. About an hour before landing, Jayant approached the woman and molested her.

The woman immediately alerted her supervisor and later lodged a complaint at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 police post.

Jayant, who did not hire a lawyer to represent him, told District Judge Lim Tse Haw that he was drunk when he committed the offense and added, “I can’t handle my drink.”

He also pleaded for leniency saying he was remorseful about the whole incident.

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