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Penang Uber driver, 3 others remanded 4 days over sexual assault, rioting


Four men including an Uber driver have been remanded for four days to facilitate police investigations into a sexual assault case involving a Vietnamese woman and rioting.
The men, aged between 29 and 40, were brought by police to the magistrate's court here at about 10am.
The 29-year-old Uber driver was taken in earlier while the three others, including the husband of the Vietnamese woman, were brought in soon after before deputy registrar Ahmad Tajudin Zain.
Their remand order expired on June 11.
The Uber driver was being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force with intent to outrage a person’s modesty.
The three men, meanwhile were being probed under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting.
Family members of the Uber driver, who were also present at the court, were seen sobbing as he was escorted by the police.
They however declined comment when approached.
It was reported that the 43-year-old Vietnam woman had hired the Uber driver to pick her up from Lintang Paya Terubong to Jalan Argyll on Tuesday at 4pm.
However, during the trip, the driver was alleged to have pulled up by the roadside. He then pulled down his trousers and showed his private parts before taking her hand to grab it.
The Vietnam woman later related the incident to her husband.
The next day, the husband managed to locate the driver near the same spot where he had picked up his wife. This time, the driver was surrounded by the husband's friends.
He was then roundly assaulted by around 10 men.

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