SINGAPORE - A Malaysian chef who molested a young woman while sitting next to her on a Causeway Link bus was jailed for one month on Wednesday (Nov 11).
Ow Yong Chee Hao, 26, admitted stroking the thigh of the 21-year-old Malaysian woman and using his elbow to touch her waist area while travelling from Woodlands checkpoint to Queen Street on June 27.
A court heard that Ow Yong sat next to the woman after they had boarded the Causeway Link bus from Woodlands checkpoint that evening.
She noticed that he sat very close to her and felt his elbow touching her waist area.
When he noticed her using a WeChat application on her mobile phone, he showed her his phone with a typed message asking her for her WeChat account name. She ignored him but he persisted and kept bugging her.
Afraid, she gave him her WeChat account name. He immediately added her onto his WeChat and sat even closer to her. He used the back of his hand to stroke her left thigh and messaged her, asking why she was ignoring him.
She replied that she did not know him and told him not to touch her with his hand. But he ignored this and continued to molest her. He messaged her saying she looked sexy and that he wanted to hold her hand.
She told him not to do try anything or she would report him to the police.
Throughout the rest of the journey, he kept touching her thigh and grazing her waist area.
Her ordeal ended when the bus reached the Queen Street terminal.
After confiding in her friends, she lodged a police report. Ow Yong was subsequently traced through a telco screening and arrested.
He could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined sentence.