12/19/2014

Ex-teacher charged with indecent acts with two young boys

A former school teacher has been charged with 11 counts of committing indecent acts with two teenage boys and getting one of them to massage his groin area.

Clarence Hoe King Chuan, 37, who was head of department in a primary school, allegedly committed the offences at a flat in the north in 2012 and earlier this year. He is now unemployed.

Hoe, who was charged in court on Thursday, is accused of touching a 13-year-old boy's private parts underneath his shorts and placing the teen's hand on his genitals underneath his shorts. The alleged incident occurred in April 2012.

Sometime between April 2012 and early last year, he allegedly procured an indecent act by asking the boy to massage his groin area.

For six consecutive months starting from May 2012, he is said to have massaged the teenager intimately at the same flat.

The last three charges state that he committed an indecent act with another boy aged 14, by touching his buttocks. He is also accused of touching the teen's thigh and genitals.

The alleged offences took place on March 15 this year.

Hoe, who is represented by Mr Adrian Chong, was told by the court not to approach the alleged victims. His police bail of $15,000 has been extended. A pre-trial conference has been fixed for Jan 12.

If convicted under the Children and Young Persons Act, he could be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to 10 years on each charge.


- The Straits Times

12/18/2014

Lawyer charged with molesting woman



A LAWYER has been charged with molesting a woman in a hotel room in the Balmoral area.

Ismail Atan, 43, a lawyer of 17 years' standing, was brought to court last month for allegedly using criminal force on the woman - by forcefully grabbing the 28-year-old by her arms and trying to kiss and hug her.

The alleged incident occurred in the hotel room at about 12.45pm on July 4 last year.

The alleged victim cannot be named due to a gag order.

Yesterday, Ismail's lawyer Mohan Das Naidu told District Judge Ronald Gwee that he would be making representations.

Ismail, who graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1996, has been with a number of law firms over the years.

Ismail, whose $5,000 police bail has been extended, will return to court on Jan 13.

He was told not to approach the alleged victim.

If convicted, he could be jailed for up to two years, fined, or receive any combined punishment.

- The Straits Times

12/10/2014

Electrician jailed for swallowing memory card after taking upskirt video

A Malaysian electrician was jailed for three months on Wednesday for swallowing a memory card after he had used his mobile phone to capture a video recording of the underneath of a woman's skirt.

Koo Kiat Boon, 25, admitted to insulting the modesty of a 28-year-old woman and destroying an electronic record on board SBS Transit service No. 170, along Woodlands Road on Sept 3 this year.

Investigations showed that while he was taking the bus home at about 7pm, he saw the victim, a Malaysian, standing in front of him and found her pretty.

Since the bus was very crowded, he decided to take the opportunity to take an upskirt video of the victim, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Kelly Ho.

He took out his Sony Xperia mobile phone, switched it on in recording mode, bent down a little and stretched his left hand underneath the victim's skirt.

Another bus commuter, a 25-year-old Malaysian national, saw what he was doing and grabbed his hand. Koo ignored him and meddled with his phone, trying to delete the video.

When the witness tried to get Koo's mobile phone, Koo swung his arms around to prevent him from taking his phone. The cellphone dropped.

Koo then squatted on the floor and smashed the cellphone repeatedly against the floor, hoping to damage it to conceal the evidence of his crime.

The phone was bent in half with the back exposed, and Koo removed the memory card and placed it inside his mouth.

At Woodlands checkpoint, the bus driver honked at police officers on duty for help. Koo was arrested.

His lawyer Richard Lim said Koo had committed the offences impulsively in a moment of folly. He said Koo, who has a two-year-old son, had learnt a bitter lesson and paid a heavy price for it.

District Judge Hamidah said destroying evidence to avoid prosecution was far more serious than the insulting modesty offence.

Koo could have been jailed for up to one year and fined for insulting modesty, and up to two years and fined for destroying an electronic record.

- The Straits Times

12/09/2014

Convicted teacher appealing six-week jail sentence for molesting pupil

A primary school teacher who was convicted of molesting a 12-year-old pupil twice was sentenced to six weeks' jail on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old, who cannot be named due to a gag order, is appealing. His $10,000 bail was doubled pending the appeal.

The accused, who was the school discipline master and in charge of a uniformed group, is alleged to have molested three other boys in six other charges, which have been stood down. A pre-trial conference will be held over those six charges.

He was found guilty last month, after a 17-day trial, of hugging and kissing the victim at a storeroom of the primary school in the west on March 16, 2012; and for hugging him at a staff room two weeks earlier.

The accused was preparing the group of Primary 6 boys for a competition, and he gave the pupil make-up training on how to tie knots at the teacher's workstation in the school staff room. That was when he hugged the pupil, now 14.

About two weeks later, in an equipment storeroom, he hugged and kissed the pupil after the two and another pupil went shopping for competition supplies. The three of them were packing materials when the accused had singled out the victim to go down to the PE store room to allegedly collect some poles.

In his grounds of decision, District Judge Soh Tze Bian accepted the prosecution submissions that there were aggravating factors in this case, including abuse of his position of trust or authority and the significant 20-year age gap between them.

"As a teacher, he is required by the school to conduct himself properly and set himself up as a good role model to students. Instead, the accused person had exploited the trust reposed in him," said the judge.

The facts appeared to reveal some degree of premeditation and the molesting act was not a mere "fleeting touch", he said.

In the March 16 incident, the judge noted that the accused's actions were especially sinister as it fuddled the line between a fatherly form of encouragement by a teacher and a corrupting paedophilic act.

"Looking at his conduct as a whole, the circumstances in which the offence was committed was inherently reprehensible,'' he said.

The accused, who has been suspended from work since March 2012, could have been jailed for up to five years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment on each charge of molesting a person under 14 years of age.

- The Straits Times

12/08/2014

Actress Angeline Yap still proud of baring body after online harassment



She has been called cheap, fame-hungry and just plain trashy on her Facebook page.

Men have been messaging her, asking for sex.

Even her parents are angry with her for taking on such a racy role.

But local actress Angeline Yap, who has taken off all her clothes in the upcoming local thriller Lang Tong, has no regrets.

The 27-year-old, whose acting credits include the yet-to-be-released indie drama 1400, insisted that she would do it again, given the chance.

Yap's notorious role in the Sam Loh-directed movie has been the talk of the town since the trailer was released recently as part of this year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), which kicked off two days ago.

The 11/2-minute trailer, which has garnered over 230,000 views on YouTube, gives a graphic glimpse into the movie's themes of sex, violence and murder.

Yap, the lead actress, is seen topless in the trailer in some steamy sex scenes, including one with actress Elizabeth T.



Since the trailer came out, Yap, who finished in the top five in this year's Miss World Singapore, said that strange men have started propositioning her for sex.

She said: "There are many netizens who message me online to ask me out or ask for sex and I've turned them down."

"I've also had dodgy photographers and film-makers contact me about doing photoshoots and movies for them, I've also turned them down."

Worse still, she has been called a lot of names on her Facebook page

But even though the online criticism has hurt, the actress stands by her decision to bare it all for the movie.

She wrote previously on her Facebook page: "Just because no one is daring enough, it doesn't mean it can't be done..."

"It only shows that I'm strong and brave enough."

In an interview with The New Paper on Thursday, Yap gave another insight into the reason for her courage: Her battle with anorexia.

Having almost died from the disorder in her teenage years, the actress believes that her decision to bare her body is proof that she has conquered her fears.

Yap had also just ended a six-year relationship with her boyfriend last year when she was asked to audition for Lang Tong.

The painful break-up had pushed her to face her demons as it was the first time she had been single since she recovered from anorexia.

"Recovering from anorexia for me was a miracle in itself," said the 1.64m-tall Yap, who weighed a mere 33kg when she was 15.

"As someone who hated my body and had low self-esteem, I've proven to myself that I am not ashamed of my body any more by being brave enough to bare it all in a film."

Yap said: "I hope other women who are struggling to love themselves will one day realise that everyone is beautiful in her own way."

Yap, who started recovering from the eating disorder only when she was 21 and now weighs a healthy 47kg, said: "I am not asking other people to go out and accept these roles. I am proud to say that I did this (starring in Lang Tong) for me."

In the movie, which is Cantonese for "nice soup", Yap plays lesbian femme fatale Li Er who has always blamed her older sister Li Ling (Vivienne Tseng) for her mother's death.

Her character hatches a plot to seduce her sister's womanising conman boyfriend Zach (William Lawandi) and get him to murder Li Ling.

Tickets are sold out for the Dec 13 SIFF screening and a commercial release date is still in discussion.



Yap admitted that when she was filming a shower sex scene with Lawandi, she was still self-conscious about her body and kept asking the director if she looked fat.

She said: "But I tried to control my insecurities and focus on the scene, and after a while, I was okay.

"So many people kept saying that I was doing it for the fame.

"When I accepted this film, the director had told me that it wasn't confirmed that the nude scenes would make the cut.

"He had also produced this film with the international market in mind. So it came as a surprise that it made it past the Singapore censors uncut, with a R21 rating.

"So how was I stripping for fame when initially, nothing was a guarantee? That doesn't even make any sense."

After accepting the role, the National University of Singapore communications and new media graduate quit her "government job" to pursue acting full-time as it was her childhood dream.

She did not tell her parents about her role in Lang Tong and they were upset when they read reports about her nude scenes a few days ago.

Said Yap: "They were very angry and they scolded me."

"I explained to them why I did it and even got my co-stars to talk to them."

"They said they were just worried about me. I told them not to worry because I won't be taking up such roles again, unless it's some big Hollywood film."

"I'm the sensible type. I'm very careful about what I choose to do."

- The New Paper

12/05/2014

Man jailed for three years for sexually abusing and threatening teen

A district judge on Thursday warned parents of letting their children surf the Internet unsupervised , when he sentenced an unemployed man to three years' jail for sexually abusing and threatening a teen.

Community Court Judge Mathew Joseph said the case was also a lesson for young people who go online and download mobile applications, and find themselves ensnared by people like Chock Soon Seng.

He said the court found the 37-year-old's offences very disturbing and his conduct deplorable.

Chock, who faced five charges, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse and one of criminal intimidation at his flat in Hougang Avenue 8 in February and March this year.

The court heard that the victim downloaded a mobile application, Jack'd, on his cellphone..

After he became a member, Chock sent him a message and found out that the student was turning 15 this year.

While chatting, Chock asked him if he wanted to try kissing and sex, but the victim said he was not ready.

Later, the teen went to Chock's home in February. Chock took him to his bedroom where he removed the boy's clothes and took pictures of him on his iPad.

Chock next asked the victim to touch his body but the teen said he did not know how to and was uncomfortable doing it. He carried the victim onto the bed and asked him to perform oral sex on him. The two took turns performing oral sex on each other.

After the victim had gone home, he realised felt that what he had done was wrong, and the sexual acts were not right and "disgusting".

Two weeks later, he ignored Chock's text message to meet up.

Chock threatened the victim on March 21, saying that he would post his naked pictures to his friends if he did not meet him. He also said he would wait for the victim outside his house. The victim felt alarmed and decided to inform his family members. He made a police report the next day.

Deputy Public Prosecutor James Chew highlighted aggravating factors, saying the offences were serious and disturbing and warranted a stiff sentence to protect the public, especially young victims that could be preyed on.

Chock had been jailed for 10 months in 2010 for two counts of attempted exploitation of a child. He was a school teacher at the time.

He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined for sexual penetration of a minor; fined up to $10,000 and jailed for up to five years for the obscene act; and jailed for up to two years and fined for criminal intimidation.

- The Straits Times

12/04/2014

Molest victim squeezes culprit's genitals to escape

An odd-job worker followed a girl into an HDB lift and molested her from behind when she exited. They fell to the ground and in the struggle that followed, she squeezed his genitals to make him release his grip on her.

Kum Keng Fa, 31, was arrested after he fled the scene but left his phone behind.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 27 months in jail and ordered to be given three strokes of the cane for outraging the girl's modesty on Nov 3.

The court heard that he had been drinking at a coffeeshop nearby that night. Just after midnight, he spotted the 21-year-old walking along the road and followed her to her block in Sims Avenue.

Inside the lift, he struck up a conversation and claimed to live in the same block. He introduced himself as "Ken".

He grabbed her breasts. Both the worker and the victim fell down.

During the struggle, Kum pinned the woman down and lifted her clothes, putting his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming.

When she squeezed his genitals, he screamed in pain and let go of her.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jeremy Lua said Kum had launched a daring, brazen and prolonged sexual attack on his victim. And he could possibly have gotten away with it, if he had not left his phone behind.

Kum pleaded guilty to wrongfully restraining the girl to outrage her modesty. He could have been jailed for between up to 10 years and caned.

- The Straits Times

11/28/2014

Man jailed for molesting daughter during massage

A man who fondled his daughter more than seven years ago, while massaging her back for a spinal condition, was sentenced to a year in jail yesterday.

The former bus driver was also ordered to be given two strokes of the cane for the incident in 2007, which came to light only in 2010 when the girl confided in a teacher.

Now 18, she feels insecure around men and avoids getting too close to her friends. She lives with a caregiver and does not want to return home. Both she and her father cannot be named to protect her identity.

Yesterday, he was sentenced after admitting to squeezing his daughter's breasts at the end of a routine massage session in the master bedroom of their HDB flat in Serangoon.

The massages, performed by the father, had been recommended by a traditional Chinese medicine physician to help treat the scoliosis she had been diagnosed with. He would sometimes close and lock the bedroom door before starting a massage, especially if no one else was home.

The victim is understood to have an older brother. If his wife was out, the man would also ask his daughter, who turned 11 that year, to remove her shirt and bra as well.

On the day of the offence, he lifted her bra while massaging her and fondled her breasts as she sat up at his request.

He then told her to take off her shorts and underwear, and continued to touch her.

A teacher in her secondary school noticed she was showing suicidal tendencies and was hurting herself, and reported the matter to the school after the girl confided in her.

The victim later made a police report.

Calling for a jail term of between 12 and 18 months, Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhong Zewei said the man had violated his authority as a father, and in what was meant to be a safe place for a young child.

The girl had been further humiliated by having to strip almost completely naked, Mr Zhong added.

Asking for nine to 12 months' jail time, defence counsel Sunil Sudheesan said his client was now undergoing divorce proceedings because of the incident.

Mr Sudheesan added that the man now suffers from major depressive disorder and is remorseful. Passing sentence, District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt said that the man would have to live with the shame of what he had done for the rest of his life.

For outraging the modesty of his daughter with criminal force, the man could have been jailed for up to two years, fined or caned, or any two out of the three penalties.

- The Straits Times



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