A Perth man faces a caning in Singapore after being arrested for allegedly being involved in a swearing altercation on a Tiger Airways flight.
Maritime worker Bruce Griffiths, 47, was arrested on January 4 when the overnight flight from Perth landed in Singapore. He faces charges under strict "outrage of modesty" laws.
According to a colleague who did not wish to be named, Mr Griffiths apparently got out of his middle seat to allow a female passenger to go to the bathroom. In doing so, he disturbed a male passenger in an aisle seat who swore at him for disrupting his sleep.
It is alleged Mr Griffiths returned the abuse and crew became involved.
Mr Griffiths must stay in Singapore until the case is resolved. He has been released but his passport is being held by Singaporean authorities pending investigations.
Tiger Airways confirmed the incident and a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman confirmed the department was assisting.
According to the DFAT website, Singapore's outrage of modesty laws include a ban on men behaving inappropriately to women, and using inappropriate language.
DFAT warns these laws are strict and offenders can be given jail sentences of up to two years, a fine, caning or a combination of punishments.
If convicted, Mr Griffiths could be given 24 lashes with a rattan cane 1.2m long and 1.27cm thick.
Men and women younger than 16 and older than 50 are exempted.
According to the US State Department 2011 Human Rights report, 2318 convicted people in Singapore were sentenced to judicial caning and 98.9 per cent of caning sentences were carried out.
The number is well down on 2007, when 95 per cent of the 6404 convicted were caned.
Tiger Airways confirmed the incident, saying that the airline had "a zero tolerance towards inappropriate behaviour on board our aircraft".
The airport police division was called and were on site immediately to assist with the investigations at Changi Airport, a spokesman said."The incident is currently under review by Tiger and the relevant authorities and thus we cannot comment further," he said.
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