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A Sri Lankan salesman has admitted that he molested a 12-year-old Singaporean girl who was sat next to him on a plane.

On Wednesday, the Criminal Court heard that on November 5 last year, the girl, S K, was on a flight from Singapore to Dubai.

When the cabin lights were dimmed, she fell asleep but soon woke up to find A N was touching her thigh.

“I pushed his hand away and told him not to repeat it, then fell asleep again,” said the girl.

She said she then awoke again to find him touching her chest and private parts.

“He even tried to unbutton my trousers but couldn’t. I felt so scared as I was alone on the plane,” she said.

“I didn’t know what to do, especially as he kept repeating what he did all the way to Dubai,” she said, adding that he only stopped when the cabin lights were turned on. After this, he tried to start a conversation with her.

When the flight landed at Dubai International Airport, the defendant stalked her. She spotted a police officer and told him what happened.

When the man was arrested, police found he had 1.97 grams of marijuana on him.

He was charged with molestation, consuming alcohol and possessing drugs.

The girl’s father was waiting for his daughter and said he was surprised to see his daughter accompanied by police.

“She was crying and I got scared,” said S P, 52, an engineer. “I asked the police officer with her what had happened and he said soon I would soon know.

“Then on the way to the police office he told me a man had molested my daughter.”

He confessed to all charges in court and requested the court’s mercy. The verdict will be announced on March 11.(UAE)

  Comments - 24

  • Malini Wednesday, 18 February 2015 03:54 PM

    The Airlines should have known NOT to put a young child/girl next to any man. Surely there are other seats on the plane. There are perverts who take advantage of children. They should either be placed near other children and families, or next to a parent who has kids with her.

    BC Wednesday, 18 February 2015 03:54 PM

    I wonder why the crew is not looking after a girl that young when she travels alone and why would the check in personnel place a male next to her and not a female? Very ignorant.

    Wiijesekara Friday, 20 February 2015 10:14 PM

    How can you be sure this was a Sri Lankan Airlines flight?

    AKR Thursday, 19 February 2015 02:54 PM

    You mean like how they do it in Saudi Arabia. Prohibiting women from driving to reduce accidents?

    Mm Wednesday, 18 February 2015 04:16 PM

    The Dumb parent sent a 12 year old minor unaccompanied!!!The dumb airline checked in the Young girl sit at a seat next to man!

    Rose Friday, 20 February 2015 09:22 AM

    Srilankan has a very poor record of taking care of unaccompanied minors. Never use this airline ever if you want to be safe. Poor standards due to politiciation.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 18 February 2015 04:26 PM

    That is our trademark, hip hip hurrah. Lets make Vidanapathirana our next president.

    Lakshman De Silva Sunday, 22 February 2015 08:51 AM

    This is common occurrence in the world as many perverts are there. For instance a Japanese High court Judge put his hand under a sleeping girl in train in Japan and the judge was imprisoned.

    ANTON Wednesday, 18 February 2015 04:37 PM


    AKR Thursday, 19 February 2015 03:28 PM

    They do the same in Saudi Arabia like you said. Women are NOT allowed to drive anywhere in Saudi to reduce road accidents.

    funman Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:32 AM

    Small question :Why did she kept quite all the way ?

    Rashmi Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:18 PM

    To say that the parents were dumb to send their child alone on the flight or that the flight was stupid to allow the girl to sit next to a man is a highly ignorant statement. Firstly, we live in a society where the parents were most likely busy working or unable to afford another plane ticket. And even if this was not the case, parents should be able to send their children unaccompanied. Secondly, allowing the girl to sit next to a man is not a stupid decision because that operates under the false assumption that all men are molesters! What you should have said is that this man is fault for being unable to control his sexual instincts and he is also guilty of paedophilia. Attitudes such as yours place blame on everyone except the man actually at fault. We shouldnt have to unreasonably alter our lifestyles simply because there are some disgusting men out there. Furthermore, the girl could have just as likely been sexually abused by a woman who the flight placed her next to.

    Sim Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:07 PM

    How can a 12 year old girl travel alone in a plane. First the blame should come to the airline and the culprit should be sent to the gallows.

    SL in KSA Saturday, 21 February 2015 08:43 PM

    So we need to post security personnel for each minor that is travelling by air alone.

    jay pathbey Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:05 AM

    We Sri Lankans are getting world famous as Perverts, Child Molesters, Rapists, drug peddlers, liars and thiefs.

    Minal Wednesday, 18 February 2015 06:16 PM

    Leave aside the airline / parents etc. This is disgusting - the behaviour so common on Sri Lankan public transport, now on planes!

    Carlton Thursday, 19 February 2015 04:38 PM

    Vidanapathirana tell the former President to safe guard you. He is the only person who could help this kind of men.

    Gamarala Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:50 PM

    This is entirely the fault of the airline cabin crew. When they saw a child next to single young male , they should have moved the child to another seat next to child or a female. I remember in the old days how well Briths Airways took care of unaccompanied children. A stweardess would be responsible from the time an unaccompaied chlld was handed over to them, till they hand over the child at the end of the flight to the designated adult. I suppose all that is not done today.

    Hanson Thursday, 19 February 2015 09:50 AM

    He must have been member of world most peaceful cult.

    Waco Thursday, 19 February 2015 02:02 PM

    Problem n publc Transport in Sri Lanka, the police can easily reduce it. Plan and send WPCs 4to 6 in a bus in civil and fix those animals.

    gobbaya Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:11 AM

    should have opened the emergency door & pushed him out during midflight via DM Android App

    pitta Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:29 AM

    Actually it should be the other way around. Sri Lankans should be prohibited from sitting next to young girls.

    Mandingo Rajapakse Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:07 PM

    Well done brother, keep it up. Long live Srilankans.

    Bandara Thursday, 19 February 2015 02:25 PM

    Molestation of young girls and even female adults in busses is so common in Sri Lanka the other comuters just ignore the whole incident. The conductors are the worst culprits.

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