Court puts naked interviewer on probation

A man has been sentenced to three years’ probation and placed on the sex offenders register after trying to carry out an interview in the nude.

Saeed Akbar, a manager at interpreting and translation company Alpha Translating and Interpreting Services, left an interview that he was conducting and then returned naked, holding a clip board.

He then asked the female candidate if she would also undress. When she refused, he put his clothes back on and carried on with the interview, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard.

Akbar, 35, who lives in Dunfermline, Fife, said he “had wanted a bit of excitement”. He pleaded guilty to committing a breach of the peace after initially telling police that his strip was a consensual “role play” which was part of his “tough interviewing technique”.

Sheriff Brian Lockhart said his behaviour had been “wholly unacceptable”.

The court heard that Akbar’s life has been ruined by the event; his girlfriend left him, he lost his job and was shunned by friends.

The sheriff said he had taken into account the “catastrophic effect this incident has had on your life” but said he also had to take into account the distress caused to the 25-year-old victim.

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