A man who admitted inflicting a “despicable” and “prolonged” sexual attack on a woman on a flight from Mumbai to Manchester has been jailed.

The victim woke up to find aman, 36, forcing his hands into her clothes and trying to kiss her as other passengers slept, police said.

The woman eventually managed to break free and tell cabin crew, and Singh was arrested when the flight landed.

He was jailed for 12 months at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

The Indian national, who admitted three counts of sexual assault, had been visiting the UK on a six-month tourist visa.

Police said he was sitting next to the woman, who is aged in her 20s, when he first asked if the passenger sitting on the other side of her was her mother.

When she got up to use the plane‘s facilities he refused to move aside, forcing her to squeeze past him.

Singh then carried out his attack after the lights on the aircraft were turned down and the woman and other passengers had gone to sleep under their blankets.

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