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Bio-technologist jailed 4 months for molesting teenage girl on MRT train

Published on Feb 18, 2014 4:36 PM
 
A 34-year-old bio-technologist from India who rubbed his crotch against the buttocks of a 19-year-old commuter on a crowded MRT train was jailed for four months on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014. -- ST GRAPHICS

A 34-year-old bio-technologist from India who rubbed his crotch against the buttocks of a 19-year-old commuter on a crowded MRT train was jailed for four months on Tuesday.

Jayaraman Kannan, who is working here, pleaded guilty to using criminal force to outrage the victim's modesty at about 9am on Aug 18 last year. He could have been jailed for up to two years, or fined, or sentenced to both.

The teenager was travelling on the train between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Batok MRT stations when Jayaraman exposed his penis and committed the offence. She turned around and he quickly zipped up. She slapped his face and informed SMRT staff when she reached the Bukit Gombak MRT station. Police were summoned and arrested Jayaraman.

Defence counsel Vasantha Kumar said that his client, who is married, had acted totally out of character.

 
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