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Dubai court reduces drunken sailor's jail sentence

Ukrainian was on board an Emirates flight & had to be tied down.
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A drunken sailor who had to be tied to his seat on a flight from Singapore to Dubai after he sexually assaulted cabin crew and attempted to break into the cockpit had his jail sentence reduce from one year to six months by a Dubai appeal court this week.

The 28-year-old Ukrainian man was a passenger on board the Emirates flight on February 20, earlier this year, when he began causing problems about two hours into the flight.

“He was running inside the plane and twice tried to open the captain’s cabin, but we stopped him,” a Sri Lankan cabin crew manager told Dubai Court of First Instance, 7DAYS reported.

“We asked him to return back to his seat, but some of the air stewards informed me he was very drunk and even tried to smoke a cigar,” she added.

The flight’s captain told cabin crew to restrain the man and during their attempts to tie him to the seat, the defendant touched the breast of one of the stewardesses when he tried to kiss her.

In October, the Dubai Criminal Court sentenced the defendant to one year in jail and fined him AED1,000 ($272), but this week the Dubai Court of Appeal reduced the sentence to six months.

He will be deported after his release.

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