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Australian accused of molest walks free

He walked out of the district courts a free man today after he was allowed to compound a molestation case. -AsiaOne

Mon, Feb 13, 2012
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An Australian living in Singapore as a permanent resident walked out of the district courts a free man today after he was allowed to compound a molestation case.

The Straits Times reported that James Anthony Woodburn, 44, settled the matter by apologising to a 26-year-old woman and compensating $10,000 to her.

He allegedly grabbed her breast in the shopping area at Marina Bay Sands at 12.20am on Oct 15.

Mr Woodburn was also charged with insulting her modesty by showing her his middle finger at about the same time.

In his apology, Mr Woodburn - who is a regional manager of a marketing firm - said he was "genuinely and truly remorseful" for his conduct and deeply regretted his actions.

The victim, who is described as slim and 1.7m-tall with shoulder-length hair, told reporters that she agreed to compound the matter as she wanted to put the incident behind her.

klim@sph.com.sg

 
 
 
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