1. Indian gets 20-week jail for sexually assaulting girl on plane

Indian gets 20-week jail for sexually assaulting girl on plane

An Indian-origin businessman has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl during a flight to the UK and jailed for 20 weeks by a UK court.

By: | London | Published: October 28, 2016 10:04 PM
Suman Das, from Qatar, had been arrested at Manchester Airport after the 18-year old victim claimed he touched her between her legs during a flight from Doha to Manchester as she was dozing in her seat in July. (Thinkstock) Suman Das, from Qatar, had been arrested at Manchester Airport after the 18-year old victim claimed he touched her between her legs during a flight from Doha to Manchester as she was dozing in her seat in July. (Thinkstock)

An Indian-origin businessman has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl during a flight to the UK and jailed for 20 weeks by a UK court.

Suman Das, from Qatar, had been arrested at Manchester Airport after the 18-year old victim claimed he touched her between her legs during a flight from Doha to Manchester as she was dozing in her seat in July.

The 46-year-old had denied the charges but was found guilty at Manchester Magistrates’ Court last week and was sentenced yesterday.

District Judge Sam Goozee said, “This is a sexual assault in circumstances that you took advantage of her. It was a brief but traumatic assault touching her incredibly intimately”.

A pre-sentence report stated community service was not an option for Das, who grew up in India and is now based in Qatar, as he is not a UK resident.

He will also have a post sentence supervision order for one year after his release, which means he must stay in the UK until that expires.

Das was also ordered to pay a 115-pound victim surcharge.

The victim had told the hearing, “He knew exactly what he was doing and he wasn’t sleeping. He was looking at me, I saw he was looking at me. He must have been looking at me to see if I was awake.”

“He did move very quickly once he saw that I was awake,” the victim said.

The court heard how Das’ wife, Sonia, was sitting next to him on the Qatar Airways when the incident took place, five hours into the flight.

During the hearing Sonia, his wife of 23 years, said, “I have had no concern. Until today I have faith in my husband and still today I have total faith in my husband.”

The accused initially claimed he must have touched her by accident while fidgeting in his seat and offered to apologise — but he later said he could not have carried out an assault as he was asleep.

Das and his wife were visiting the UK for what was described as a “holiday of a lifetime” whilst the unnamed girl was returning to Britain after spending two months travelling in Thailand.

The girl alerted a member of cabin crew and went crying to the back of the plane.

In a statement, Das said later, “I may have touched accidentally — but I didn’t touch her intentionally.

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    Rahul
    Oct 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm
    Sigh, another probably fabricated one sided story spoils a rich man's name and gets him behind bars.... that too by an unnamed "saint " of a naive girl who claims that she was sleeping/ dozing and in contradiction stated that the man knew "exactly" what he was doing as he was not sleeping... Of course every emotional person in the hospitality (airlines being a majorly female emplo industry, women who can sympathize with a fellow woman, to bring down a guy and over chivalrous men following suit...) or any industry would have been moved (eye-washed) with a (self proclaimed) "violated" woman's scene of going to the back of the airline and crying and are bound to believe in her (giving her the benefit of doubt) So convincing...Next the victim says "He was looking at me, I SAW he was looking at me." (Guess looking at someone is a crime and whether he was looking with a carnal intention has no proof except that of the fabricated version of the accuser.."the distressed" girl ("He MUST HAVE been looking at me to see if I was awake.” The w statement suggests reactive umption again on the girl's behalf, only the girl's statement no supporting evidence... again she initially was saying that she might have been touched as he was adjusting his seat...which would have happened normally with any fellow penger.. even if he were a man)... His wife said that he was sleeping...considering that the row had three seats and that the husband was sitting beside the wife. But obviously her being related to the accused, Judge Goosey (or was it Goozey?) must have probably overruled her testimony... (BTW Did someone ask what our accuser was "exactly" doing in the World's tourism Capital? FOR TWO MONTHS? Playing cards/ researching on "wrestling" or sushi perhaps? )Makes the judge either an omnipotent God as he believed her to the point or an oversensitive bigot.... Anyways,115 pounds' a good start for funding her next tour... Brazil maybe?
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      Rahul
      Oct 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm
      Another fabricated accusation by a nameless accuser wanting to make a quick buck...She was sleeping and then she says He knew EXACTLY what he was doing and that he MUST HAVE been looking at her to see if she was awake... (Does she sleep like a shark?)Oh and by the way did Mr. Goosey ever try to honk/ err ask what she was doing for two months in Thailand (perhaps the "holiest" pilgrimage on earth)??? Money dried up, 115 pounds are a good start for her next trip... Brazil maybe? No wonder she got the benefit of doubt from the crew... But then obviously nobody except the three (man, wife , girl) would know who "exactly" started the game...
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        Aditya Mittal
        Jul 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm
        Sleeping has multiple connotations, and it doesn't necessarily mean in deep slumber. Most of the time I hear sounds from around where I sleep, and sometimes I also get woken up. When I am woken up, obviously my eyes are open and I am able to see instantly. We are not 1985 robots with long gaps in vision frames. In another case of s.exual assault Dr Newman has been convicted of e.jac.ulating on a patient's face after intentionally sedating her with an overdose of Morphine. Convicted based on DNA evidence found on her johnny. So, there is no conjecture there. Again, in this case, the said victim on flight was just "resting." She wasn't in deep sleep/ on morphine. In which case the probability of her having heard, seen or felt is much higher, and that serves as a good premise. Though there isn't much clenching evidence, I can't imagine why a stranger would accuse you of something like that when her own name dignity is at stake. p.s. "rich man's name" - The rich don't travel coach class
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