Cosmetic doc charged with molest of male patient

Tan Kok Leong, 49, is accused of three charges of outraging the modesty of a 33-year-old Malaysian doctor. He also faces another two charges of administering stupefying drugs in order to molest him.
Tan Kok Leong, 49, is accused of three charges of outraging the modesty of a 33-year-old Malaysian doctor. He also faces another two charges of administering stupefying drugs in order to molest him.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

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.

Elena Chong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2015, with the headline 'Cosmetic doc charged with molest of male patient'. Print Edition | Subscribe