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Austin Cowburn a British businessman faces lashing for 'pinching woman's buttocks' while on holiday in Singapore - 30th July 2011

A British businessman on holiday in Singapore faces being lashed with a cane after being accused of squeezing a woman’s bottom in a nightclub.

Austin Cowburn, a recruitment consultant, is alleged to have pinched the woman’s buttocks while partying in the upmarket Boat Quay area at 4am.

It is understood he was visiting the island from Doha, Qatar, where he works as a senior executive for international recruitment company NES Global.

According to local reports, Mr Cowburn, 34, was charged on Friday with outraging the modesty of the woman at the China One club on April 3.

At the hearing, a judge set his bail at £4,900 and he is now staying in a backpacker hostel in the Chinatown area of the island, having surrendered his passport to police.

He is due to appear for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday and, if convicted, could be jailed for two years, fined up to £6,000 or be sentenced to a lashing with a 4ft rattan cane.

Mr Cowburn, who attended Bury Grammar School, is believed to have moved from Manchester to Doha around two years ago. Read More