A woman heading on holiday to New Zealand aboard Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess ended up being molested by a Romanian-speaking Australian passenger in his mid-sixties, a court in Auckland heard.
The Brisbane-to-Auckland cruise took place in October last year.
Australian citizen Eduard-Laurentia Popeea was excited about the cruise but ended up being charged and convicted of indecent assault, Stuff.co.nz, the Fairfax site in New Zealand, reported.
Events on the night in question were outlined in court by Judge Graham Lang.
Popeea and a friend had gone to a nightclub aboard ship and shared drinks with a group of women. One of the women had left the nightclub with Popeea and his friend. The three had first visited the friend’s cabin and then the woman had gone to Popeea’s cabin, where they had shared a bottle of wine.
The mood seems then to have changed. Popeea stripped off his clothes and placed the woman’s hand on his genitals, the court heard. The woman fell asleep and Popeea touched her genitalia.
The woman awoke, left the cabin and made a complaint to police when the ship docked in Auckland. She said she had been “drunk and scared” when the events took place.
Three more serious charges Popeea faced were downgraded to a single charge of indecent assault.
The court ordered Popeea, who required a translator to follow proceedings, to pay the victim AUD 5000 reparation and NZD 3000 in court costs.
Edited by William Sykes