January 2017

‘Deviant’ chef exposed himself to eight-year-old girl on Manchester flight while her mum slept

A chef who exposed himself in front of a young child on a flight to Manchester – while her mother slept beside her – has avoided jail.

Christian Abu-Schaer, 26, was caught exhibiting ‘bizarre and disgusting’ behaviour on a flight from Alicante to Manchester Airport in November last year.

A court heard how during the flight Abu-Schaer was stood waiting for the toilet next to an eight-year old girl and her mum, who was asleep.

He was spotted by a fellow passenger, facing the girl and exposing and touching himself in full view of the youngster.

He later sexually assaulted a member of the cabin crew by grabbing her bottom.

The young girl later told her mum what she had seen. The captain was informed, who in turn notified ground crews and police were waiting to arrest Abu-Schaer as the plane came into land at Manchester Airport.

Sentencing Abu-Schaer at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, a judge branded him a sexual deviant and added that he ‘clearly has a problem.’

At the time of his offence in November, the Spanish national was already on police bail for a similar offence in the Lake District, where he had been living and working in a hotel kitchen.

He was spotted in a back alley by a resident through her window, stood completely naked shortly after midnight pleasuring himself.

She later looked out again and saw this time him dressed but still visibly touching himself.

When police arrived he was also found with both cocaine and cannabis on him, and was arrested.

Abu-Schaer, of Crook Road, Windermere, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, two counts of indecent exposure and two charges possession of drugs at an earlier hearing.

Judge Bernadette Baxter said: “In September and November last year you engaged in what can only be described as bizarre and disgusting behaviour for a young man of 26.

“You have a serious problem Mr Abu-Schaer. You have a sexual deviance and difficulty that you need to address and the public will not be protected from you until you are forced to address it.”

Abu-Schaer, who lost his job as a chef following his arrest in Cumbria, was given a three year community order with a sex offender treatment programme.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.

Speaking after the case, the mum of the young victim said: “It’s a poor show from the justice system – but we are glad he has finally appeared in court.”