Sessions court spikes bail plea in alleged molestation case

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Chennai, Jun 13 (UNI) The Principal Sessions Court today dismissed the bail plea of two accused, including a businessman, in the case related to the alleged molestation of a US woman national last month.

When the petitions came up for hearing, Sessions Judge Aruna Jagadeesan dismissed their bail pleas after accepting the prosecution's plea that the investigations were not completed.

The prosecution also objected to granting bail to the accused as the medical report of the US woman, was yet to be received from the Government hospital.

The petitions were filed by businessman Jose Mathew and his accomplice Shaju John, who were arrested by the Teynampet police on charges of molesting US woman national Kelly Packer (26), wife of a software engineer.

In her complaint, Ms Kelly had said she and her husband Andrew Packer had gone to a bar in a five-star hotel for a drink on May 24 and the next morning, she was found lying on a pavement with bruises on her body.

Though Andrew finished off his drink early and left for home, Kelly, who works as a teacher in a city school, stayed back and had drinks with Jose and Shaju.

As it was very late in the night and the car did not come back to pick her up after dropping Andrew at home, Jose promised to drop her at her residence.

She said she was taken to a place at Annanagar and could not recollect what happened here. She was found lying on the pavement in the wee hours of May 25 with bruises on her body and her mobile phone and digital camera were missing.

Suspecting that she might have been raped, she underwent medical tests at a private hospital.

Kelly first preferred a complaint with the US Consulate, which forwarded it to the city police for action, leading to the arrest of Jose and Shaju.

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