Date
24 November 2017
Laura Bushney recounts her ordeal on television. She claims a senior Malaysia Airlines cabin staff raped her on a flight to Paris. Photos: Sydney Morning Herald, internet
Laura Bushney recounts her ordeal on television. She claims a senior Malaysia Airlines cabin staff raped her on a flight to Paris. Photos: Sydney Morning Herald, internet

Australian woman claims mid-air sex assault on Malaysia Airlines

A Malaysia Airlines chief steward accused of sexually assaulting an Australian woman on a Paris-bound flight begged her not to report the alleged incident because he has a wife and children.

Laura Bushney, 26, used her mobile phone to record part of her Aug. 4 ordeal at the hands Mohd Rosli Bin Ab Karim on flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris. The clip aired on Channel 7 on Sunday.

Bushney told the program she was scared to travel on the airline after the disappearance of MH370 and the shooting down of MH17.

Rosli offered to calm her nerves but instead Bushney said he raped her as she tried to sleep in row 81, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

She said Rosli, 54, who is married with three children, started massaging her legs, placing them over his lap so she could feel he had an erection.

He then put his hand inside her pants, touching her genitals, she said.

Bushney said she froze and could not do anything to stop him.

When she reported the incident to the cabin crew, they ignored her request to keep Rosli away from her. Instead, she was moved to first class where Rosli approached her again, the report said.

He again approached her later in the flight and apologized, begging her not to take the matter further because he is a family man.

Rosli was taken away for questioning by police when the flight landed in Paris and remains on remand in the French capital while the investigation continues.

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JL/RA

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