Frenchman fined for baring buttocks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2007, 12:00am

Baring one's buttocks might be acceptable behaviour in France, but it was definitely not acceptable in Hong Kong, a magistrate said yesterday in sentencing a Frenchman who dropped his trousers while in a taxi. Magistrate Bina Chainrai fined Paul Mouette, 26, HK$750 and ordered him to pay HK$1,000 in costs. Eastern Court heard Mouette and three friends hailed a taxi early on August 17, and that he kissed the taxi driver after baring his buttocks. But Ms Chainrai found discrepancies in the victim's evidence and amended the charge of indecent assault to one of public indecency, to which the defendant pleaded guilty.