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Man jailed for squeezing woman’s breast

Published: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Fayad Ali, who was jailed for indecent assault yesterday. PICTURE KRISTIAN DE SILVA

A construction worker, who casually walked up to a woman, exclaimed “Oh gosh, pressure family” and then squeezed her breast, has been jailed for three months.

Fayad Ali, 31, pleaded “guilty by accident” to the charge of indecent assault when he appeared in the San Fernando First Magistrate’s Court. The incident took place on Monday around 6.30 pm along High Street, San Fernando.

Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said the 42-year-old woman was walking near Republic Bank Ltd when she was approached by Ali, who said, “Oh gosh, pressure family, pressure.” He then fondled the woman’s left breast and ran off.

Twenty minutes later, the woman saw Ali near RRM Plaza on High Street and flagged down a police vehicle. She reported the incident to Cpl Bridgemohan. Pointing to Ali, she said, “That is the man who squeeze my breast.”

The officer arrested Ali and took him to the San Fernando Police Station. When confronted with the report by another officer, PC Basdeo, Ali said, “Oh gosh boss, ah sorry. I was real drunk.”

When asked by Magistrate Alicia Chankar to explain himself, Ali said he “touch” the woman’s breast by accident. Ali claimed he had just finished work and was on his way to meet his wife. He said the woman was walking down the road while he was waving at his uncle. He said as he was putting down his hand he touched her breast.

“I tell the lady ‘sorry miss’ and I continued walking up the road,” he said.

The magistrate asked him whether he understood that he violated the woman.

“You did not merely touch her, you grabbed her breast. Do you think that is correct behaviour?” she asked.

Ali, a father of three, replied, “No miss, that is indecent behaviour. That is not right.”

He claimed he was intoxicated, but the magistrate said that was not an excuse. She told him people should have the freedom to move around without having to worry that someone would violate them.

Ali asked for a fine, saying that he just wanted to go home to his family. The magistrate asked him how he would feel if someone grabbed his daughter’s breast.

“I would be disturbed. I will go to the police station,” he said.

Ali claimed he had one previous conviction from two weeks ago for marijuana possession, but his criminal record showed he had 20 previous convictions for various offences.

After the magistrate jailed him, Ali said, “Thank you miss. Sorry for upsetting you this morning.”

The magistrate said she was not upset.

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