A human resource manager was fined $1,000 on Monday for insulting the modesty of a waitress by pointing at her breast and asking if his coffee was "from this machine". Pannirchelvam Ramachandra, 45, also hit the restaurant's supervisor's nose and threw a bowl at him. For these offences, he was jailed for 31/2 months.
He was in the cafe of the hotel in Bendemeer between 7am and 9am with a friend when he ordered two cups of coffee. The waitress, 33, asked him if he wanted the buffet coffee, which was complimentary, or the ala carte coffee from the coffee machine, which had to be paid for. He ordered the latter and when she served it, he pointed to her breast and made the insulting remark.
Later, when the cafe supervisor presented the bill, Pannirchelvam turned abusive. The supervisor walked away and video footage showed Pannirchelvam filling a bowl with noodles from the buffet table and flinging the bowl at the head of the supervisor. Later, he used the back of his hand to hit the victim's nose.
Pannirchelvam has previous convictions for disorderly behaviour and causing hurt to others and will start his jail term on Jan 16 so that he can settle work and family commitments.
- The Straits Times
A Malaysian hairstylist, who took upskirt video clips of women at MRT stations, was jailed for nine weeks on Friday for insulting their modesty.
Yap Wen Jack, 20, faced a total of 39 counts of using a mobile phone camera to capture video recordings of victims in dresses, skirts and shorts between September and October this year. He pleaded guilty to nine charges and had the remaining charges taken into consideration.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Eunice Lau said a 34-year-old teacher was going up the escalator with her mother and son at Yishun MRT Station on Sept 29 when she saw Yap following her immediately from behind and standing between herself and her mother.
The victim saw that he had positioned himself such that his feet were on different steps and that he had placed his mobile phone on his thigh nearest to her, with its camera lens facing upwards.
When the victim and Yap reached the train platform, he quickly walked away and checked his mobile phone. He then boarded the train.
The victim, who was wearing a long denim top with a pair of shorts underneath, suspected that Yap had taken a video or photo from under her skirt and felt offended.
Before Yap boarded the train, she managed to take a few photographs of him which she forwarded to the Police and SMRT feedback units.
On Nov 8, a police staff sergeant was on duty at Yishun MRT station when he came across Yap and recognised him as a potential "person of interest''. He checked his phone and found more than 30 upskirt video recordings.
Yap admitted to taking such upskirt video recordings from June or July this year. He would review the recordings and delete them if the recording quality was poor.
The other charges proceeded pertained to unknown women at various other MRT stations.
He could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined on each charge.
- The Straits Times
An unemployed man was jailed for 17 months on Friday for molesting female students and glue sniffing.
Xiao Junhui, 28, admitted to touching the breast of a 16-year-old student at a void deck in Ang Mo Kio and that of an 11-year-old girl on Aug 21. He also admitted to inhaling toluene at his home at Block 466 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on Aug 22.
Another charge of molesting a 13-year-old girl was taken into consideration.
A district court heard that the 16-year-old was waiting for a friend at the void deck to walk to school together when Xiao came from behind and molested her.
Ten minutes later, he similarly touched the 11-year-old student's chest while she was crossing the traffic light junction near Block 465 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on her way to school.
He was arrested the next day in a police ambush. At the time of his arrest, he smelt strongly of glue. He admitted to police that he had sniffed glue at about 3am to help him sleep.
He was placed under SAF detention in 2004 and 12 months' supervision in 2006 for misuse of intoxicating substance. His sentence was backdated to his remand on Aug 23.
He could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined sentence for each count of outrage of modesty. For inhalant abuse, the maximum penalty is a $2,000 fine and six months' jail.
- The Straits Times
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind here, a Singaporean man was jailed yesterday for having sex with an underage girl who is now his wife.
District Judge Mathew Joseph said yesterday that the case was "unusual".
He said it was the first case of underage sex he has heard where the victim and accused are now a married couple.
While the judge said he was prepared to consider the case differently, he said the court did not condone the accused for having sex with the minor - who was then 15 - as the couple were not married at the time of the offence.
The accused, a 32-year-old computer technician, married the Singaporean girl in Indonesia a year ago, when she was 16.
His wife, now 17, was in court together with his six-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
The judge added that he hoped the accused would put the past behind him for the sake of his wife - who is now seven months pregnant - and their unborn child.
The sex offences came to light when the accused was probed by the police for a forgery offence.
For having sex with the minor, the accused was sentenced to six months in jail.
Together with the sex offences, the accused pleaded guilty to 15 charges last month - mostly for cheating - and was sentenced to a total of 18 months behind bars yesterday.
The court ordered that the names of the accused and victim be withheld.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Victor Lim told the court last month that the victim befriended the accused some time between 2008 and 2009 while playing an online game.
She was then around 12 or 13.
The two entered into a relationship in December 2011.
In the same month, the accused told the victim that he wanted to have sex with her. After she agreed, he drove her to a hotel in Geylang.
Their next sexual encounter took place early last year, when she was living with the accused at his Sembawang flat.
Soon after that, the victim discovered that she was pregnant. The accused, who was then divorced, made plans to marry her.
For one of the forgery offences, the court heard that the accused had faked a letter purportedly from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in March, after his girlfriend told him that she wanted to quit her studies at a secondary school.
Mr Lim said the accused came up with the idea to state in the letter that his girlfriend was suffering from depression and was therefore unfit to attend school.
To forge the letter, he went to the IMH's website and made a soft copy of the institute's letterhead. He printed the letter and signed off as "Dr Sharon Chan".
He then handed it to his girlfriend's mother to submit to the school.
The girlfriend was let off with a conditional warning over the matter.
The other offences involved the accused cheating SingTel, his business partners and other persons.
He had forged authorisation letters that were submitted to SingTel for the telco to deliver mobile phones to him.
He has previous convictions for theft, cheating, forgery, providing false information and criminal breach of trust.
The maximum penalty for underage sex, cheating or forgery is 10 years' jail and a fine on each charge.
For criminal breach of trust, the maximum penalty is seven years' jail and a fine.
- The Straits Times
When he opened the e-mail message, lurid naked photos of a young woman filled the screen. He was shocked.
TV actor Zheng Geping, 49, recoiled and immediately closed the e-mail window.
"Jumping out at me were all these naked shots. I think it was instinctive to close them because I was so taken aback," groans the affable actor in a mix of Mandarin and English.
The sender? A fan in her 20s - not much older than his own daughter - who had somehow got hold of his private e-mail address.
Perhaps it is not surprising that he has besotted fans willing to express their carnal desire to be with him.
He may have made his acting debut more than 26 years ago in 1987, but Zheng is experiencing a new wave of popularity - thanks to a physique that is at its peak. We are talking well-defined six-pack abs, bulging pecs and sinewy muscles.
Not only is it getting him leading roles and commercial endorsements, it has also spawned a book charting how he attained his new body.
Zheng was 46 when he decided to get back in shape after putting on weight. He had also wanted to be fighting fit for a role as a gangster in the drama Kampong Ties.
So he underwent intense training for three months, after telling his fitness instructor that he wanted to look like his idol Bruce Lee. Lee was an American-Chinese action film actor, martial arts instructor, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. He died in 1973 at the age of 32.
Today, the 1.82m-tall Zheng is fitter than ever with only 7 per cent body fat, putting many younger men to shame.
Another effect? It gets him plenty of attention from the opposite sex, especially the younger ones.
When quizzed about the naked photos, Zheng confesses it was not the first time. There have been two such incidences this year alone.
He sheepishly admits to me: "I complimented them that they have nice bodies."
But the actor did not keep the photos, nor show them to his wife, Channel 8 actress Hong Huifang. "I deleted them immediately. To keep them would mean I was tempted and was harbouring bad thoughts," he says.
His new fans include women from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, who try to befriend him on social media channels. "And there was one from Hong Kong, one from Myanmar and even one from Germany," he says.
But he does not say where the two who sent the nude photos were from because he "cannot remember".
He befriends some of the women online, but if they ask for "more than just friendship, I will let them down gently", he says. "I will tell them I am much older than them and perhaps they might want to look for younger and better men. Of course, I do so tactfully and try not hurt anyone's feelings."
Zheng admits there is always temptation in the entertainment industry. "As long as you respect yourself and the other person enough, you will not give in to it (temptation), even when it is dangled in front of your nose," he says.
His wife, Hong, 52, is not batting an eyelid. She tells The New Paper on Sunday that unwanted attention is not unusual in the entertainment industry. "I trust him fully. After all, we have been married for about 20 years," she says.
The couple have two children, a daughter Tay Ying, 17, and son Calvert, 12.
Hong says that as an actor, it is always good to be popular. "I'm happy he is looking good and getting all the attention," she says. "This increases his popularity, which in turn gets him the attention of producers and sponsors."
It is motivating her to exercise too, she shares with a hearty laugh. "To keep them would mean I was tempted and was harbouring bad thoughts." - Actor Zheng Geping on the naked photos from female fans
- The New Paper
When his ex-girlfriend refused to rekindle their relationship, Peter Lee Chia Wee decided to take revenge by distributing a picture that he had secretly taken of her lying naked on her bed.
They had broken up in 2011 but when Lee, 21, visited his ex-girlfriend's flat in Geylang East in January this year, he stayed over and they became intimate. In the middle of the night, he took the picture of her.
When she rejected the idea of resuming their relationship, he set up a Facebook account under a fictitious name, "Rytech Tan", and on March 3, he sent the picture to her and two of her friends from this account.
"Tan" also threatened to circulate the picture to her parents and other friends. A while later, Lee sent a text message to her mobile phone to inform her that he had received the image from someone called "Rytech Tan".
Lee then created a phony conversation with "Tan" on Facebook, demanding to know his motive in circulating the picture.
He took a screenshot of this conversation and sent it to his ex-girlfriend so as to evade suspicion.
She went to the police the next day. After lodging the report, she sent a text message informing Lee about it.
He realised that the game was up and confessed to her.
A district court yesterday sentenced him to 1-1/2 years of probation. He also has to perform 100 hours of community service.
He had pleaded guilty last month to insulting the modesty of his ex-girlfriend by taking a picture of her while she was naked without her knowledge.
He also admitted to transmitting the picture by electronic means to her Facebook account.
The two charges of sending the picture to her friends were taken into consideration by the judge when passing sentence.
For insulting his victim's modesty, he could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to $10,000.
- The Straits Times
A cleaner with a history of molesting his next-of-kin was yesterday sentenced to five years of corrective training, reports The Straits Times.
In passing sentence yesterday, District Judge Low Wee Ping noted that the man's propensity to commit sexual offences on his next-of-kin was high.
"You are a grandfather of 60 years and you committed these despicable, obscene acts on a granddaughter of six years old. Not once but three times," said the judge.
The court ordered that no names be published to protect the identity of the victims.
In 2008, the cleaner committed obscene acts with a granddaughter, then six years old. Her mother lodged a police report only in February 2011 after the victim confided in a counsellor.
Then, between late 2011 and early last year, the grandfather committed an obscene act with the victim's younger sister, then eight years old.
In 1999, he had been jailed for 16 months and caned nine times for molesting one of his daughters, then nine years old at the time of the offences in 1994.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Paul Wong had asked for a corrective training sentence as the man had "abused his position as a grandfather" and had exploited the victims, who were at a very vulnerable age.
The judge told the accused: "Whilst you need to be punished for the offences, you also need help and treatment."
He added that corrective training would act as a deterrent to prevent the accused from committing sexual offences again.
The court heard that the family of 16 members share a four-room flat in Simei. Pleading for a light sentence, the cleaner, who did not have a lawyer, said that he intends to mend his ways and be "a good man". Corrective training is a regime in which repeat offenders are jailed for five to 14 years.
It does not offer the usual one-third remission for good behaviour for offenders who are jailed.
- The Straits Times
A 24-year-old man was on Friday sentenced to 30 months in jail for having sex with two underage girls. Ahmad Kamal met both girls through an Internet chatline, and later got both of them pregnant.
A court heard that after finding out about the pregnancies, he had told one to "eat copious amounts of pineapple" to induce a miscarriage, and the other, that he did not want to take any responsibility for the child.
Ahmad had unprotected sex with the girls, then aged 15 and 14, on nine different occasions between January and March this year. He committed the offences at the staircase landings of Housing Board blocks in Taman Jurong, Clementi and Bedok.
One of the babies was aborted. The other has been delivered and will be put up for adoption. The maximum penalty for the offence is a jail term of 10 years and a fine.
- The Straits Times
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