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

Man gets 20 years’ jail, 24 strokes of the cane for preying on young girls

A 30-year-old man was on Wednesday (Jul 29) sentenced to 20 years and six months’ jail and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane for a series of sexual offences he committed against four young victims, aged between 11 and 13 years old.

Benjamin Sim Wei Liang faced a total of 23 charges, eight of which the prosecution proceeded with. The remaining 15 charges were taken into consideration by Justice Tay Yong Kwang during sentencing.

Sim, employed as a security supervisor and living with his parents in the Woodleigh area before his arrest, committed the offences between November 2012 and January 2013.

His modus operandi was to befriend his victims on social networking site Facebook, before exchanging phone numbers and meeting with his victims in person.

Only the fourth, and youngest, victim never met Sim in person. She was 11 years old and in Primary 5 when she sent a sexually explicit photograph of herself to Sim on his request. She also sent him another sexually explicit video of herself, but this was understood to be of her own volition.

The other three victims, two of which are twin sisters, were 13 years old and in Secondary 1 at the time of the offences. Sim befriended them on Facebook, and asked them to send him sexually explicit photographs of themselves. He eventually had sexual intercourse and oral sex with two of them.

He was arrested on Feb 19, 2013 after the mother of one of the victims discovered a handphone given by Sim. She brought her daughter to the police station, where they lodged a report.

In court on Wednesday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhong Zewei urged the court to impose a hefty sentence, calling Sim “an offender who lacks self-control” and who needed to be “taken out of circulation” to “protect the younger generation who are plugged in to social media constantly”.

It is no coincidence that Sim’s victims were all young girls, DPP Zhong added. It is clear that he “trawled (Facebook) for young girls” and met his victims in person for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts, he said.

In mitigation, Sim’s lawyer Edmond Pereira said that while his client’s actions were inexcusable, the court should keep in mind his background and circumstances.

Mr Pereira told the court that Sim experienced “cognitive development issues” and “delayed developmental milestones” as a child. His parents even took him to the Child Guidance Clinic at the Institute of Mental Health, where they were told they “should not expect much” from their child.

Recent psychiatric reports on Sim found that he has a low IQ and is “incompetent in relating to adults or people his own age”, instead gravitating towards children or those younger than him, his lawyer said.

Mr Pereira urged the court to consider Sim’s “mental makeup”, and that he “has learned a painful lesson”. His client did not realise he was doing anything wrong as he had obtained consent from his victims before carrying out any sexual acts, he added.

However, the legal age for consent to sexual activity in Singapore is 14 years old.

Sim’s family, who were present in court, were allowed to spend 15 minutes with him after his sentencing.

- Channel News Asia

Man jailed 17 weeks for molest and using criminal force

An unemployed man was sentenced to 17 weeks' jail on Wednesday (July 29) for molesting and using criminal force on women.

Sim Teck Chye, a repeat offender, had pleaded guilty to three charges with two others taken into consideration.

Probation had not been recommended for the 42-year-old, who carries a high risk of sexual recidivism.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Senthilkumaran Sabapathy had said that Sim was sitting next to an 18-year-old girl on board an SBS Transit bus on March 11 this year when he brushed her left arm over a period of five minutes. The victim felt uncomfortable. She finally stood up and went to the aisle standing area. Her sister reported the incident to the police.

On March 27, Sim was in Upper Paya Lebar area when he called out to a 14-year-old girl as she was walking towards a church. He asked if she could pray for him as he had gastric pain.

She agreed. While she was praying with her right hand outstretched , he grabbed her hand and held it tightly . She felt uncomfortable but did not resist initially.

After a short prayer, she tried to move her hand away but he refused to let go. He then stretched out his arms and she immediately raised her hands and told him: "No" .

She informed her church pastor of the incident.

Six days later, he was in the same area when he grabbed a 26-year-old woman's elbow as she was walking with her friend back to church. She immediately shoved his hand away. Sim then touched her on the shoulder area.

Subsequently, the victim told the church pastor of the incident. Sim was detained.

His lawyer Sunil Sudheesan said mandatory treatment order (MTO) could be a suitable avenue for treatment but the law does not allow for an accused such as Sim who has committed outrage of modesty.

MTO is aimed at offenders with mental illnesses and is capped at two years in lieu of jail time.

Mr Sunil quoted an Institute of Mental Health psychiatrist's report on Sim that the alleged offences appeared to be "dysfunctional attempts to socialise with the opposite sex''.

Community Court judge Lim Keng Yeow told Sim, who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, not to make any form of physical contact with another person who does not welcome and does not want it. He advised him to seriously consider going for treatment, as failure on his part is equivalent to choosing to re-offend.

The maximum penalty for molestation is two years' jail, fine and caning; and for criminal force, it is three months' jail and a $1,500 fine.

- The Straits Times

Man jailed for stealing prostitute's wallet, beating her up

After having sex with a prostitute, he stole her wallet. When she tried to get it back, he beat her up.

Malaysian national Yong Chun Yoong, 24, was jailed three months on Wednesday for the theft and assault.

A court heard that the unemployed man, a former casino croupier whose contract had expired, contacted the 23-year-old prostitute on May 18 to ask for sexual services.

After they agreed on a $110 fee, they met that afternoon at her room at Goodwill Mansion on Balestier Road.

Following the sexual intercourse, both showered in the room's toilet. While the victim was still in the toilet, Yong quickly got dressed, removed her wallet from a bedside drawer, and put it inside his sling bag.

The wallet contained about $500 in cash, along with a gold chain worth $200 and an ATM card.

When the victim emerged, Yong handed her the fee and hurried out of the room. It was only when she wanted to put the money into her wallet that she realised it was missing.

She quickly wrapped herself in a towel and chased after Yong, confronting him in the lift lobby. Yong continued walking away, whereupon she grabbed his bag to stop him.

Yong then pushed her and punched her in the head and body repeatedly until she let go of his bag. He then fled via the stairs.

The victim tried to call his mobile phone several times, but got no response. She filed a police report the next day, and was examined two days later at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She was found to have tenderness around her head and bruising on her right shoulder.

Yong was arrested on May 26 at Woodlands Checkpoint when he tried to leave Singapore.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Soh Weiqi argued that the theft had been premeditated and that Yong had made no restitution to the victim, as he had used all the cash to pay off his bills and living expenses.

For theft in dwelling, Yong could have been jailed for up to seven years and also fined.

For voluntarily causing hurt, he could have be jailed up to two years, fined up to $5,000, or both.

- The Straits Times


Man, 26, charged with committing sex offences involving at least 10 underaged boys

A 26-year-old man was charged on Tuesday with committing sex offences involving at least 10 underaged boys.

Goh Jun Guan faces 30 charges involving boys who were aged between 10 and 15 years old at the time.

The alleged offences, which took place between 2012 and 2014, include giving and receiving oral sex from some of the boys as well as touching the genitals of some and getting them to touch his.

He also stands accused of persuading some of the boys to send him photos of their genitals or videos of themselves masturbating, and of sending them similar photos and videos of himself via WhatsApp.

These alleged acts happened at a different locations, including public toilets in Jurong West Public Library, Pioneer Mall, and Jurong Point Shopping Centre.

For each count of sexually penetrating or being sexually penetrated by a boy under 14 years of age, Goh could be jailed up to 20 years and also fined or caned.

For each count of procuring the commission of obscene acts by the boys, he could be jailed up to five years, fined up to $10,000, or both, on the first conviction.

- The Straits Times


Man who took upskirt videos and catalogued them by underwear colour gets 18 weeks' jail

An operations supervisor who took upskirt videos of his victims in Housing Board lifts in Bukit Panjang was jailed for 18 weeks on Monday (July 27).

Mohammad Nazrin Sapingi had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of insulting the modesty of a woman. He had 60 other charges - including one of having obscene films - considered during his sentencing.

The court heard that the 27-year-old took videos only inside lifts "because there is nobody around". He further stated he did not film in the MRT or shopping centres as there were many people around and he was "scared".

The offences were committed between August 2013 and May last year.

Forensic examination of his computer, seized after his arrest on July 30 last year, showed that he had stored upskirt videos on its hard drive .

He had sorted the videos he took by the colour and nature of his victims' underwear.

On May 29 last year, he got into a lift with a 26-year-old woman .

While standing behind her, he moved his mobile phone underneath her skirt and started recording.

When the lift reached the level of the victim's unit, she felt something touch her inner thigh. She turned around, and saw him retracting his hand with the cellphone.

She asked what he was doing and said she would call the police. He fled from the scene.

During investigation, he told police that he had seen the victim alight from a cab and had followed her to the lift.

Seeking a total sentence of 18 to 24 weeks' jail, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenny Yang said there were many victims in this case and that the offences were pre-meditated.

District Judge Christopher Goh said this was not the first upskirt offence he was dealing with and he did not think it would be the last.

He reiterated that women should not be afraid and should be protected from persons committing such offences. The maximum punishment for the offence is one year's jail and a fine.

- The Straits Times


Husband and wife each jailed 12 months for housing Vietnamese prostitutes

A jobless couple who let six prostitutes from Vietnam stay at their home then lived off their earnings were each jailed for a year on Friday.

Sim Boon Keong, 35, and Huynh Dieu Tu, 33, both each pleaded guilty to receiving the hookers into Singapore, harbouring them and living off their earnings.

The court heard that all six women - aged 19 to 27 - were told by friends back home that Huynh could act as their agent here.

Huynh told them via mobile phone application WeChat last year that she would meet them at the airport, take them to their lodging and arrange for their daily meals.

In return, the women would pay Huynh a fee ranging from $1,100 to $1,900, which would cover their return air tickets and a loan of $1,000.

She would also provide them lodging and meals at a rate of $20 per day.

The women worked at pubs located near Jalan Sultan as freelance hostesses. They would also solicit customers for sexual services at a rate between $200 and $600.

Police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department's Specialised Crime Branch raided Sim and Huynh's home at Block 41 Sims Drive last May, acting on a tip-off.

All six Vietnamese prostitutes were also arrested for offences under the Women's Charter.

In passing sentence, District Judge Mathew Joseph said their offences were "quite disturbing". He added: "It is in the public interest that the sentence imposed by the court be a deterrence to others who are like-minded, from what might seem like a lucrative business for prostitution activities in Singapore."

- The Straits Times


Auxiliary cop gets jail, cane and fine for groping wife's sister and teenage cousin

A 33-year-old man took advantage of his position in the family to repeatedly molest his wife's sister and teenage cousin, sometimes in the presence of other family members.

The former Changi Airport auxiliary policeman was sentenced to 11 months' jail, three strokes of the cane and a $1,000 fine on Wednesday for molesting the two women over a span of two years.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of outraging modesty and one of insulting modesty. Three other charges of outraging modesty were taken into consideration.

He had repeatedly groped his sister-in-law, an administrative assistant who was dating his younger brother.

When the family stayed overnight at an East Coast chalet in October 2013 to celebrate his daughter's first birthday, he waited until the 28-year-old was asleep before sliding his hand into her clothes to touch her breast and genitals.

Both his daughter and the victim's four-year-old daughter were lying between them, but this did not deter him from reaching over them to commit the act. The victim swept his hand away but said nothing.

When the family returned to the chalet in January 2014 for another celebration, the culprit again waited for nightfall to fondle the victim's breast as she lay sleeping beside his brother. The victim woke up and again struck his hand .

In 2012, he also ambushed his wife's teenage cousin, whose family was living with his in a Bukit Panjang flat.

A court heard that as the 16-year-old student left her bedroom, the accused suddenly smacked her buttock with his hand. The victim fled to the far side of a dining table and demanded to know what he was doing.

He persisted in asking to touch her buttock although she rejected his advances; finally she left the house out of fear.

Later that year, the culpritcaught a glimpse of the teenager changing in her bedroom late at night, and sent her a text saying that he had seen her butt twice. She deleted the message immediately when she saw it.

Neither the culprit nor his two victims can be named to protect the latter's identities.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenneth Kee called for a sentence of no less than 12 months' jail and three strokes of the cane, saying the accused's offences were "an abuse of trust", as he had committed the acts on members of his extended family over an extended period of time.

For each count of using criminal force to outrage the modesty of his victims, the culprit could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or sentenced to any combination of the above.

For insulting the modesty of his wife's cousin, he could have been jailed up to one year, fined, or both.

- The Straits Times

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