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Woman shocked by naked interview
Glasgow Sheriff Court
Sentence was deferred at Glasgow Sheriff Court
A translation executive stunned a job candidate by appearing in the interview room naked, a court has heard.

Saeed Akbar shocked the 25-year-old woman when he asked if she objected to having the meeting naked on 28 September last year.

The woman refused but Akbar, 35, left his office and returned naked, holding a clipboard.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, he was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register and sentence was deferred until next month.

The father-of-one, from Dunfermline, Fife, pleaded guilty to committing a breach of the peace.

The woman was extremely distressed and frightened for her safety
Vincent Lunny, prosecuting

He worked as an executive at Alpha Translating and Interpreting Services, which advertised for a translator.

The woman answered the advert and was invited to attend an interview at the firm's Glasgow office the following day.

When she arrived, Akbar asked if she would mind if they took their clothes off.

The woman refused, but Akbar began the interview then suddenly left the room.

'Completely naked'

Vincent Lunny, prosecuting, told the court: "Akbar returned shortly after completely naked, carrying only a clipboard.

"The woman was extremely distressed and frightened for her safety. She voiced her disgust and Akbar left and came back this time fully clothed."

Akbar tried to restart the interview, but his victim fled and reported the matter to police.

He regrets the alarm and distress he caused to the woman
Aamer Anwar

The accused initially told police his strip was a consensual "role play" as part of his "tough interviewing technique".

Akbar said: "I asked was she okay because if it not, it would not have happened. I am not a rapist, I am not a pervert, I am not a psycho."

But he added: "If I am totally upfront, it was just a cheap thrill, a kick. I wanted a little bit of excitement that afternoon, that's all."

The court heard he had been shunned by his partner and friends since the incident and had lost his job with Alpha.

'High esteem'

Aamer Anwar, defending, said: "He totally accepts his guilt. It was a serious abuse of his position as he foolishly believed the complainer was interested in him.

"He was held in high esteem with the company but there were serious implications due to his conduct.

"He regrets the alarm and distress he caused to the woman. His life has been destroyed."

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