Certis Cisco inspector molested two victims because they looked like his online girlfriend

A Certis Cisco inspector was so enraptured with his online girlfriend that he molested an 12-year-old and a 22-year-old who looked like her. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
A Certis Cisco inspector was so enraptured with his online girlfriend that he molested an 12-year-old and a 22-year-old who looked like her. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN

A Certis Cisco inspector was so enraptured with his online girlfriend that he molested a 12-year-old and a 22-year-old who looked like her. Neo Chip Wei, 28, now unemployed, was jailed for three years on Monday and ordered to be caned three times.

After midnight on June 24, he followed a 22-year-old executive from a bus stop to her block in Woodlands. As she was about to walk out of the lift, he hugged her from behind. She screamed and he fled.

Two days later, he followed the younger victim from Paya Lebar MRT station to the block of flats in Geylang Serai where she lived. Then, while they were in the lift, he grabbed her and carried her to the lift landing of the 15th floor where he molested her. She started crying and Ng fled.

Neo told psychiatrists that he had been involved in an online relationship with a girl since 2010 whom he knew as "Cheryl". He said he had only seen pictures of her and she only wanted to meet him when she turns 18 next year. He said that the victims looked like her.

Pleading for a lenient sentence, defence counsel Rajan Supramaniam said that Neo has a degree in electronic commerce from the National University of Singapore. He was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2011 and also has a personality disorder.