An Australian man who indecently assaulted a drowsy female passenger on a flight from Sydney to Wellington is to pay her $1500.
Fiso Fiso, 39, an orchard worker from Sydney, had pleaded guilty to the charge.
He had been coming to New Zealand to attend his brother's funeral and got on the plane drunk on January 28.
He went to his seat but part way through the flight moved to a seat behind where the victim had been sitting alone.
He leaned on her shoulder then reached out and touched her cleavage before she pushed him away.
He took her jacket, put it over his hands and partially over her before moving his hand to her inner thigh brushing her genitals.
She tried to stand but he initially held her in place before letting her get up when she said she had to go to the toilet. She told crew who informed police who were waiting for Fiso when the plane landed.
The 22-year-old victim had said she was a nervous flyer and had taken anti-anxiety medication before getting on the flight and was drowsy.
She felt as if she was unable to respond as quickly as she normally would have.
Wellington District Court judge Susan Thomas said the victim felt emotionally scarred, stressed and very vulnerable.
She remanded Fiso until later in the week to allow him to bring $1500 to court to pay the victim.
He had been living in New Zealand away from his wife and children since being arrested and would now be able to return home.
Judge Thomas said Fiso was aware the incident had been caused by the alcohol he had drunk and was to get help.
His lawyer Ken Ah Kuio said Fiso was very drunk when he got on the plane and not had enough sleep. He admitted he had a drinking problem.
Fiso had previous convictions for driving with excess breath alcohol.
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