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55 year old Australian sentenced for molesting woman

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SINGAPORE – An Australian national was sentenced today to 18 weeks’ imprisonment for molesting a woman at a farewell party.

55-year-old Paul Joseph Smith was found guilty last Wednesday of squeezing the breast of a 38-year-old IT consultant twice outside a Mohamed Sultan Road restaurant on Sept 3 last year.

The victim was having dinner with Smith and three others at the restaurant as a project which they were working on was ending.

While shaking hands and bidding goodbye to each other, the victim reportedly felt two squeezes on her right breast.

She then shouted at him and reacted by pinching his breast hard.

He remained very calm even though she stared at him throughout the incident.

Later, he moved back and she tried to knee him without success.

Smith, a testing manager with a foreign bank at the time of the offence, is appealing against conviction and sentence.

Bail of $10,000 was offered, pending the appeal.

He could have been jailed up to two years, fined, caned or received any combination of these sentences. – Asia One