Date
25 March 2017
The mainland businessman admitted groping a Cathay Pacific stewardess during a flight to Hong Kong last month. Photo: HKEJ
The mainland businessman admitted groping a Cathay Pacific stewardess during a flight to Hong Kong last month. Photo: HKEJ

Mainland man gets 3-week jail term for groping flight attendant

A mainland man was sentenced to three weeks in jail and a HK$3,000 (US$387.05) fine after he admitted groping a Cathay Pacific stewardess during a flight to Hong Kong last month.

A Tsuen Wan Magistrates’ Court on Monday rendered the ruling against Lu Huaqian, 30, who pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and disobedience to orders given by the flight crew on behalf of the chief pilot, Apple Daily reported.

The man, who said he was an apparel trader, took a Cathay flight to Hong Kong from Milan, Italy on June 5.

He allegedly kept walking back and forth during the flight, ignoring warnings from the crew. He also asked to smoke at the back of the plane.

He was later arrested after he walked to the kitchen, touched a flight attendant’s waist and called her “Honey”.

Lu explained to the magistrate that he had heard from a friend there was a smoking section on the plane and his indecent behavior resulted from his having drunk alcohol before the flight.

He also said he took the flight to Hong Kong on his way to Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, where he would visit a sick brother.

Lu could avoid prison as he had already been detained for 21 days, the report said.

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