Saudi Diplomat Sexually Attacked Student Intern in Sentosa Hotel Room then Tried to Frame Her

39-year-old Bander Yahya A Alzahrani has been found guilty of sexually attacking a 20-year-old student who was interning at a Sentosa hotel.

The diplomat from Saudi Arabia was cornered the victim in the bathroom of his hotel room, then hugged  and groped her while kissing her neck and rubbing his body against hers.

He also asked for sex and forced her to touch him, saying he wanted to “feel the room”.

The ordeal went on for about 15 minutes.

The student didn’t shout for help or attempt to escape.

During trial, Alzahrani had tossed the blame to the victim in his defence, accusing her of conspiring with other hotel staff to extort money from him.

He later claimed that the victim had fallen on him and that he had placed both hands on her back to support her.

District Judge Lee Poh Choo said that “There is no template for how a victim should or must react. It was obvious to me that the victim was timid and new to the real and harsh world”.

Judge Lee also said that the victim’s account of the incident had to be “dragged out” as she was worried the whole episode would be spun negatively such that she would appear “unsuitable” for the hotel industry.

Alzahrani has been convicted on charges of outrage of modesty and criminal force.

He will be sentenced after his mitigation plea tomorrow.

He could be jailed up to 10 years and caned for each charge of outraging the victim’s modesty

For using criminal force on her, he could be jailed up to three months and/or fined up to S$1,500.

In October 2015, a Saudi diplomat was accused of sexually assaulting and facilitating gang rapes of two Nepali women who worked for him in his luxury apartment near New Delhi.



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