Mr Joni Mikael Kiuru, 35, had been accused of pinching a 24-year-old freelance model's buttocks. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW A Finnish man charged with pinching the buttocks of a woman at a bar near Orchard Road was on Wednesday acquitted after compounding the offence. Mr Joni Mikael Kiuru, 35, has paid $5,000 to settle the matter. He also apologised to the woman in open court. District Judge Francis Remedios heard in court that the matter had been compounded with the Public Prosecutor's consent. Addressing the 24-year-old freelance model from the dock, Mr Kiuru said he wanted to apologise for any distress he had caused. The woman, who was accompanied by her boyfriend, remained silent as he made his apology. Mr Kiuru, who works in a bank and is a permanent resident here, was charged after he allegedly molested the woman at KPO Cafe Bar in Killiney Road last May.