A married cruise ship worker will have to be deported after his cruise ship left Cairns without him. 25-year-old Donald Nawe drunkenly groped and slapped a woman in a nightclub
Donald was fined $800 after pleading guilty to indecent assault and common assault in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday, February 7.
The court heard the father-of-one had downed three bottles of red wine on the P&O Cruises ship Pacific Aria, which was docked in Cairns, before he headed into town and used both hands to grab a 32-year-old woman on the buttocks on the Woolshed dance floor about 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday.
She slapped him in retaliation and he slapped her back before attempting to flee and being stopped by security.
Police prosecutor Acting Sgt Sean O’Shea said Nawe was now in Australia without a visa as the boat had already left and that he would be detained by Australian Border Force when released from police custody, then deported.
Defence solicitor Ken Cuthbertson said his client had no memory of the incident due to his intoxication.
“It certainly was uncomfortable and unpleasant for the complainant, I’m not trying to minimise it in any way,” he said.
“He’s going to need to be removed from this country and it’s reasonable to expect he’s going to have consequences with his employer.”
Magistrate Janelle Brassington said his behaviour was “completely unacceptable”.
“People, particularly women, have the right to go into places without being groped,” she said.