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30 May 2007

A friend hits the big-time

An Indian computer engineer attorney who groped female passengers during a London-to-Philadelphia flight in March and later caused a commotion in a courtroom here was sentenced yesterday to 69 days in prison, or time served.

Thirumurthy Nakka Boomaiah of Chennai, India, Nish, of Jersey City, is expected to be deported. He had pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew and faced a sentence of as long as six months.

Boomaiah Nish was arrested March 21 at Philadelphia International Airport after passengers and crew complained that he had rubbed the legs and genital areas of female passengers and thrown water in the face of a flight attendant who told him to stop. Passengers told authorities that after crew members strapped Boomaiah Nish to his seat, he continued to shout obscenities until the plane landed.

During his first appearance before a federal magistrate in Philadelphia, Boomaiah Nish was wrestled to the courtroom floor by marshals after he began to move toward a female clerk and shouted, "I am a man! I am a man!"


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