8/27/2015

Man jailed for insulting modesty of two women

A business consultant planted his Blackberry in his flat's toilet, and filmed two female guests showering.

Low Tian Sheng, 33, who had pleaded guilty to two of four charges, was jailed for nine weeks on Wednesday for insulting modesty.

The court heard that Low was at home on May 25 last year when he came up with the idea of recording the victims showering.

He taped a piece of plaster over the LED light indicator of his Blackberry phone to block out the blinking red light when the recording mode is activated. He then wrapped the phone with a piece of white paper and masking tape.

He tore off a corner of the white paper so that only the camera lens was exposed. He then switched on the recording mode and hid the phone in the false ceiling of the common toilet.

That afternoon, the first victim, aged 26, went to the toilet to take a shower. The entire process of her undressing and showering was captured and recorded without her knowledge.

The second victim, aged 24, was showering in the same toilet when she noticed an odd object placed on the false ceiling. But she did not suspect anything amiss and continued showering.

After she showered, she put on her clothes before proceeding to retrieve the object.

She found that it was a Blackberry with its recording mode on. She left the toilet and confronted Low who was shocked and remained quiet.

The entire video clip lasted for nearly 30 minutes.

Two other similar charges committed in 2011 were taken into consideration.

Defence counsel Edmund Wong said his client, who is divorced, has since remarried and his current wife is expecting.

He said Low had a distinguished 10-year career as an airforce technician and had acted out of character. He was also under the influence of a mental disorder when committing the offences , the lawyer said.

But District Judge Adam Nakhoda said there was no medical report to state that Low was suffering from a medical ailment, nor was he suffering from depression at the time of the offences.

Low could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined for insulting modesty.

- The Straits Times

8/26/2015

Man on trial over alleged rape on Sentosa

A 26-year-old man went on trial in the High Court yesterday accused of raping a drunken partygoer on Siloso Beach.

Pram Nair, who was a Sentosa lifeguard at the time faces one count of raping the woman, then a 20-year-old relief teacher, at about 2.25am on May 6, 2012, on the beach near the Wave House restaurant and bar on the island. He also faces one count of sexual assault of the woman, who is now 23.

Nair, represented by Mr Peter Ong, is contesting both charges in a trial scheduled for 11 days.

Opening the prosecution's case yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Bhajanvir Singh told the court the woman attended a beach party with a friend at Wave House on the night of May 5. She was introduced to Nair at the party, during which she drank various alcoholic beverages and became intoxicated.

At one point, Nair took her to the beach, where he sexually violated her , said the DPP. Two passers-by, who called the police after spotting Nair and the woman, are due to testify that she was trying to push him away.

Police officers who arrived at the scene found the woman motionless and foaming at the mouth.

Based on a description provided by the woman's friend, Nair was arrested. A sample of the woman's blood taken at the hospital was found to contain 159mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

A pathologist will testify that the level at the time of the incident would have been between 219mg and 256mg per 100ml of blood. The legal limit for driving is 80mg per 100ml.

Forensic evidence will also be presented. Rape and sexual assault each carry up to 20 years' jail and caning or a fine.

The trial continues.

- The Straits Times

8/25/2015

Underage sex offender previously on probation sentenced to reformative training

A full-time national serviceman who had sex with a girl under 16 years old while on probation for similar offences was sentenced to reformative training on Monday.

Gil Dominic Barbosa Rojas, 20, a Singapore permanent resident, had admitted to two counts of having sex with a 15-year-old girl on April 1 and 8 this year, and with a 13-year-old girl sometime between January and February last year.

A Community Court heard last month that Rojas, a Filipino, came to know the 15-year-old girl on Facebook in June last year. They exchanged contact numbers and started to communicate over the phone.

They eventually met at his home at Anchorvale Road on April 1. He asked her to be his girlfriend, to which she agreed.

They had consensual and unprotected sex in his bedroom.

A week later, she did not go to school and instead, met Rojas at his home. They had sex again.

The victim's mother was checking her Facebook account when she saw Rojas' messages to her and began questioning her. The victim then admitted that she had sex with Rojas.

The mother lodged a police report on April 15.

Further investigation showed that Rojas and the second victim, then 13, befriended each other through a WhatsApp group chat. They entered into a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship the same month.

Subsequently, he brought her to his home, where he had unprotected sex with her. He was then 18.

Rojas was placed on 24 months' split probation in October last year after pleading guilty to three underage sex offences and one of committing an indecent act.

For the latest cases, a progress report stated that Rojas lacked remorse, has a high risk of offending, and requires supervision in a closed and structured environment.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Krystle Chiang said Rojas had justified his offences by saying the victims told him they were of legal age, that is, 16 years.

District Judge Lim Keng Yeow said despite having faced 16 charges previously and placed on probation, it was clear from Rojas' conduct that he was not suitable for probation but needed a different form of rehabilitation. He sentenced him to a stint in the Reformative Training Centre (RTC).

Those serving time in RTC stay between 18 months and three years behind bars, and undergo a strict regimen that includes foot drills and counselling.

- The Straits Times

Man robbed and raped cleaner in spite of 2 passers-by

At a busy time of night, when people were returning to their homes, a 48-year-old cleaner brazenly raped and robbed a 34-year-old woman on the staircase of a Housing Board multi-storey carpark.

Two residents passed him while they were walking down the stairs after parking their cars, but Riduan Rantau ignored them and continued his sexual attack on the victim, another cleaner.

One of the eyewitnesses made five calls to the police within half an hour of seeing the attack, which took place in October last year. He also took a photo of the rapist and his victim, which he later showed to the police when they arrived.

Based on the photo, police officers spotted Riduan in the vicinity but let him go after recording his particulars as they did not have sufficient grounds for arresting him.

But he was arrested the next morning, after the police had viewed footage from surveillance cameras in the carpark, and interviewed the victim at her home.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to 12 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to rape, robbery and theft. A fourth charge of glue-sniffing was taken into consideration.

Riduan said that at around 8pm on Oct 13 last year, he was eyeing the woman, who was drinking by herself at the void deck of a block of flats in the Queenstown area, while he was sniffing glue nearby.

He ambushed her as she was throwing away her empty beer cans, and dragged her to the staircase of the carpark as she shouted for help. As they struggled with each other on the steps, he rifled through her pockets, and took $8.80 and various cards. Riduan, who was much larger than her, then forced himself on her.

During the struggle, a 27-year-old resident who had parked his car on the second level heard the woman shouting for help. As he walked down the stairs, he saw Riduan trying to kiss the woman, who was resisting. He called the police immediately after coming out of the carpark.

Shortly after, another resident also came down the stairs. But the 62-year-old did not realise what was going on as the woman's petite body was blocked from his view by Riduan's larger frame.

After the rape, Riduan went to a convenience store and bought a can of beer with the woman's money. The woman went after him and asked him to return her things when she found him. Riduan gave her back her identity card, ATM card and ez-link card - along with a comment about how he was a good person to give them back to her.

In the early hours of the next day - after he had been questioned by police - Riduan stole a T-shirt that had been hung out to dry in Lengkok Bahru. He was wearing the stolen T-shirt when he was arrested at Redhill MRT station about five hours later.

Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Christine Liu said Riduan had stolen the shirt to avoid detection, adding that he had thrown away the clothes he was wearing during the rape. She sought 12 years to 14 years' jail, and 21 strokes of the cane for his "abominable conduct".

Riduan's lawyer, Mr Tang Jin Sheng, said his client was remorseful and wanted to apologise to the victim.

- The Straits Times

8/19/2015

Cosmetic doctor charged with molest of male patient

A cosmetic doctor allegedly molested a male liposuction patient three times – twice after injecting him with stupefying drugs in a hotel room, where he had taken him to “recuperate”, a court heard yesterday.

Tan Kok Leong, 49, went on trial accused of three charges of outraging the modesty of a 33-year-old Malaysian doctor, who cannot be named due to a gag order. He faces another two of administering drugs so that he could molest him.

The court heard that he first touched the fellow doctor’s genitals during a liposuction procedure on his waist at Life Source Medical Centre at Novena Medical Centre on June 6, 2013.

On July 5 that year, he performed another liposuction procedure on the man at the clinic and then told him that he had booked a room for him at the nearby Oasia Hotel, where he could rest afterwards.

In an agreed statement of facts, Deputy Public Prosecutor Victor Lim said that when the pair got there, Tan told his patient he would inject him with the sleeping drug Dormicum and painkiller Rosiden.

Tan then allegedly pulled down the other doctor’s shorts and took photographs of his genitals.

Both men stayed at the hotel the next day, when Tan allegedly repeated the two offences.

The defence argued that the complainant could not have been molested during the June 6 liposuction as his girlfriend, also a doctor, was present along with another doctor.

Lawyers Edmond Pereira and Vickie Tan said the complainant was fully awake during the procedure and had consented to the photos being taken at the hotel.

Tan was a partner at Life Source Medical Practice, which has since closed, and was licensed to perform liposuction.

The maximum punishment for outrage of modesty is two years’ jail, a fine and caning. For administering of stupefying drugs, the maximum is 10 years’ jail and caning.

The hearing continues.

- The Straits Times

8/13/2015

Man convicted for sexually assaulting tourist

A 20-year-old man was on Wednesday (Aug 12) convicted of one count each of attempted rape and sexual assault by penetration for attacking a tourist.

Ng Jun Xian, a National Serviceman at the time of his offences, first met the 23-year-old victim at Club Sonar in Orchard Hotel. The Taiwanese woman was in Singapore to visit her boyfriend.

They exchanged numbers and they met again several weeks later, in the early hours of Nov 8, 2014 at Ng’s request. He then persuaded his victim, who was initially reluctant, to allow him to bring her to a hotel to rest instead of returning to her hostel. They were accompanied by Ng’s friend.

Upon reaching the hotel room, the victim lay on the bed and told them to leave so that she could rest. However, Ng told his friend to wait at the hotel lobby.

Ng then forcefully removed her clothes and began touching her inappropriately. The victim struggled and pushed Ng off the bed as she ran to the door. Ng slapped her across the face and pushed her back towards the bed. She continued to struggle and threw a coffee cup at Ng. It was at this point that Ng knelt down in front of the victim and apologised.

Ng’s friend had been knocking on the door and calling out to Ng, as he heard the commotion from outside the room. The victim then left the hotel room and made a police report that same morning.

During police investigations, Ng told police that he had a “strong sexual drive and urge” to rape the victim when he saw her lying on the bed.

In court on Wednesday, Ng’s lawyer A Rajandran said his client is “truly and deeply remorseful”, and urged the court to consider reformative training (RT) “in light of (Ng’s) age”.

The court heard that Ng’s matter had been expedited in order for it to be dealt with before his 21st birthday, as RT is only an option for offenders between the ages of 16 and 21.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhang Hong Chuan objected to RT, as Ng committed “a particularly heinous offence" and it would not be appropriate in his case.

The prosecution is instead seeking nine years’ jail and 10 strokes of the cane for Ng for the sexual offences. It is also seeking four to six weeks' jail for his conviction of one count of riotous behaviour in a separate incident.

In mitigation, Mr Rajandran said his client’s offences were committed on “a spur of the moment”, and were “not calculated or premeditated”.

In postponing Ng’s sentencing to a later date, District Judge Mathew Joseph requested that DPP Zhang and Mr Rajandran present more useful precedents to guide him in sentencing Ng as a youthful offender facing serious charges.

The judge also ordered Ng to undergo a pre-sentencing assessment to determine his suitability for RT.

Ng’s family members were present in court.

- Channel News Asia

7/31/2015

Man gets 20.5 years jail, 24 strokes of the cane for sexually exploiting four girls aged 11 to 13

Using a pseudonym on Facebook, a security guard befriended four girls aged 11 to 13, including a pair of twins he was two-timing, and went on to sexually exploit them.

Benjamin Sim Wei Liang, 30, who admitted to a slew of offences - including statutory rape - against the girls between November 2012 and January 2013, was on Wednesday sentenced to 20 1/2 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane.

He sexually violated the girls in public toilets, staircase landings and even the backseat of a taxi. He asked them to send him naked pictures of themselves.

And in the cases of two girls, he took them to his parents' condominium at Woodleigh Close, off Upper Serangoon Road, and had sex with them in his bedroom.

The High Court heard that Sim first got to know the older twin in November 2012 using a Facebook account in the name of Peter Tan. They exchanged phone numbers and she agreed to be his girlfriend.

During their relationship of a few weeks, Sim asked her to send him pictures of her naked body. She sent him photos of her breasts and genitalia.

After she told her twin about "Peter Tan", the younger girl added Sim as a Facebook friend. On the same day, he asked her to be his girlfriend. She said yes.

Over the next two months, Sim met the sisters separately and bought them each a mobile phone.

He groped the older twin on a taxi and outside a school.

He went further with the younger twin - he groped her on a bus, violated her with his finger at staircase landings and handicapped toilets in shopping malls and asked her to perform oral sex on him. Twice, he took her home and asked for sex.

All this time, Sim continued to befriend other girls on Facebook.

He asked an 11-year-old to show him her breasts; she sent him two pictures - one of hers and the other of her cousin's - and also a video.

He chatted with a 13-year-old, asking about her vital statistics and sex life. He later had sex with her at home, violated her in public toilets and committed a lewd act on her in the backseat of a taxi.

On Dec 15, 2012, the twins' mother found the mobile phone that Sim had given the younger girl, confronted her and took her to make a police report. At first, the girl told police she was raped but later admitted that sex was consensual.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhong Zewei asked for a long sentence, pointing to the brazen acts against victims unprepared to handle sexual relationships. The older twin felt "very bad" for introducing her sister to Sim, the DPP noted.

Sim's lawyer Edmond Pereira said the Institute of Technical Education dropout gravitates towards younger people as it was hard for him to relate to his peers due to low self-worth and awkward social skills. Sim, who has below average intelligence, had believed it was not wrong to have sex with the girls as long as they consented, he said.

- The Straits Times

7/29/2015

Serial maid molester given 27 months' jail and three strokes of the cane

A Bangladeshi construction worker was jailed for 27 months and given three strokes of the cane on Wednesday for molesting several domestic helpers.

Md Hira Dhali Abdul Hossain Dhali, 29, pleaded guilty to five charges involving four maids, whom he targeted in HDB lift lobbies and outside condominiums in the Sengkang and Punggol area.

A court heard that around noon on Jan 23, he had followed a Filipino maid along Sengkang West Avenue while she was returning from grocery shopping.

He grabbed the 31-year-old's bra strap and pinched her right elbow. Although she scolded him, he continued to follow her and demand her phone number.

On reaching the block where she lived, the victim had to wait at the lift lobby while Hira kept trying to engage her in conversation.

When she was entering the lift, he touched her right buttock, then reached through the lift doors and grabbed her right breast before running off.

Hira struck again on April 25 in an Edgedale Plains lift lobby, this time attacking a 40-year-old Indonesian maid who was also returning home with groceries.

As she was going up to her employer's apartment, he slipped into the lift and asked her if she wanted a boyfriend. The victim rejected him, but he suddenly hugged her from behind and forcibly kissed her.

The victim put up a struggle, so Hira hit several buttons in the lift, causing it to go up and down and stop at different floors. The victim tried to flee each time the doors opened, but Hira restrained her.

While they fought, he grabbed both her breasts and also forced her to touch his genitals over his jeans. The lift finally stopped at the 16th floor and the victim managed to escape when a neighbour entered the lift.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenneth Kee had previously called for a jail term of two years and six months to three years, along with three strokes of the cane.

He had pointed out that Hira had attacked four different women and engaged in a protracted struggle with at least one.

Hira, who was unrepresented during his sentencing, sat with his head bowed in the dock throughout. In mitigation, he said through an interpreter that he was very remorseful and needed to return to Bangladesh as soon as possible to look after his mother.

For each count of outraging modesty, he could have been jailed up to two years, fined, caned, or any combination of the above.

For wrongfully restraining his victim to outrage her modesty, he could have been jailed between two and 10 years, and caned.

- The Straits Times



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