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Takeaway driver accused of sex assault says he was a "complete gentleman"

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

By Ruth Mosalski / ruth.mosalski@swwmedia.co.uk / @ruthmosalski

A TAKEAWAY delivery driver accused of sexually assaulting a woman says he was "a complete gentleman" on the night of the alleged offence.

Alaa Alkargholi denies sexual assaulting the woman by stroking her leg, offering her money for a kiss and touching her breast.

The woman, who cannot be named, has told the jury: "He touched me between my legs and I told him to stop the car, and as I turned. . . he grabbed my face to kiss me. As I pushed back he grabbed my breast."

The woman said she did get back in the car after money was exchanged.

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She said married Alaa Alkargholi, aged 47, of Gower Road, Killay, offered to give her a lift, something he denied when he gave his evidence.

Alkargholi, said he moved from Iran two years ago and the woman had told him a kiss from her was "a present".

He told the jury: "It's no problem for a man to enjoy company of a female, but with respect."

When prosecuting barrister Paul Hobson, cross-examined Alkargholi, he asked: "Was there any sexual interest for you?"

Alkargholi replied: "I exactly respected my limitations as a human being and I knew where to stop."

Mr Hobson asked: "You behaved like a complete gentleman?"

"Yes," he replied.

The jury will continue their deliberations today.

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