Woman in Uber driver molest case detained

A screencap of a video of the incident.
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GEORGE TOWN - A Vietnamese woman who claimed that she was sexually molested by an Uber driver, who was subsequently beaten up, has been detained by police.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the Serious Crimes Division (D9) arrested the 43-year-old woman when she turned up at the district police headquarters in Patani Road.

She was detained to assist in the probe under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with a weapon.

"She is expected to be remanded tomorrow," he said in a statement on Thursday.

The woman claimed that she was in the car on Tuesday when the driver took his pants off and exposed his private parts to her before pulling her hand to his crotch.

She arrived home and told her husband about the incident.

On Wednesday, the husband located the driver and confronted him before beating him up with nine other people.

Earlier on Thursday, the Uber driver, the woman's husband and two of the husband's friends were remanded for four days.

The remand order was issued by deputy registrar Ahmad Tajudin Zain and will expire on June 11.

Police are investigating the case under Section 354/377D of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force with intent to outrage a person's modesty and Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with weapons.