Accountant accused of molesting jobseeker

An accountant denied in the Court of First Instance having touched and groped a woman he had lured into his office for a job interview.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Tue 26 Mar 2013, 8:57 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 4:09 AM

According to prosecution records, the 23-year-old defendant, an Indian, lured the woman, a Filipina, into his office where he was to interview her for the role as a secretary, but the complainant claims he molested her instead.

The Filipina, 23, said that the accused called her on February 17 after she had posted her mobile phone number online while searching for employment. She was unable to meet him on the same day and adjourned the appointment to the following day. She described the defendant as “persistent” when inviting her to his office.

She arrived at the location shortly after 5.30pm and the defendant asked her to sit on a chair as he would ‘test her skills on a computer programme’.

Allegedly, he sat down beside her and touched her hand. He then proceeded to touch her body, groping her. The complainant screamed, warning him that her brother-in-law was waiting downstairs for her. He told her to wait as he wanted to teach her how to use the computer programme but she told him she would come back another day.

She claimed the defendant told her to meet him somewhere else, telling her not to bring anyone with her on the next visit.

The complainant was able to walk out of the office unobstructed, but she claimed she was very scared. She called him later that same day by phone to tell him that what he did was unacceptable and he apologised for his actions. She then filed a complaint against him at the Rashidiya Police Station.

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