Bruce Griffiths, 47, a maritime worker from Perth(Western Australia) was arrested when the flight landed on January 4 after an altercation on board. He has been charged under Singapore’s “outrage of modesty” laws.
According to reports, Mr Griffiths got out of his seat on board the plane to allow a woman to go to the bathroom. As he got up he disturbed the sleep of a male passenger in the aisle seat. The man swore at him and Mr Griffiths returned the abuse.
However, a passenger on the same flight said Mr Griffiths had been disruptive during the five-hour flight from Perth to Singapore.
The passenger said he was sitting behind Mr Griffiths, who had been drinking and disturbed the passengers around him before a complaint was made to the cabin crew.
He said auxiliary police were called on board the plane when it landed to arrest Mr Griffiths.
The verbal stoush was so bad that cabin crew were forced to intervene.
“Officials from the Australian High Commission in Singapore are providing consular assistance to a 47-year-old man from WA, who was arrested in Singapore on the 4th of January by airport police,” a DFAT spokesperson said.
“Our obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 constrain us from providing any further details of the case without the consent of the individual concerned.
“The Australian Government cannot comment on local police investigation, nor speculate on outcomes of a legal process.”
A person convicted of outrage of modesty is liable to a jail term of up to two years, a fine or 24 lashes with a cane.