Dishwasher jailed for sexual offence, disorderly behaviour and causing hurt

A dishwasher was sentenced to 14 months' jail for sexual offence.
A dishwasher was sentenced to 14 months' jail for sexual offence. PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A dishwasher who got a 14-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him three times was on Thursday (Nov 19) sentenced to 14 months' jail for this and other offences.

Shanmugam Doraisamy, 48, was drinking beer at a void deck at Yishun Street 72 in late June last year when the boy approached and sat next to him.

He noticed that the boy was watching a pornographic video and struck up a conversation with him regarding the video. While chatting, the minor agreed to perform oral sex on him.

Shanmugam then brought the minor to the 11th floor staircase landing and committed the offence. Two other sexual encounters with the minor, which took place in August and September the same year, were taken into consideration in sentencing.

On Thursday (Nov 19), he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual penetration of a minor and one each of causing hurt and disorderly behaviour.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sean Lee said at about 3.40am on July 15 this year, Mr Lim Teng Koon, 79, was passing by the void deck of B lock 701 Yishun Avenue 5 when he saw Shanmugam littering and told him off.

During an argument, Shanmugam punched Mr Lim once on his cheek. The victim suffered a minor head injury and a tooth fracture.

That afternoon, Shanmugam was drinking at the void deck at of Block 714 Yishun Street 71, when he got into an argument with Mr Oh Cheng Ai , 54.

Shanmugam then called the police saying he was "fighting".

When the police came, he started shouting, "I called two times. Now then come.''

He ignored the police warning to keep calm and continued gesticulating wildly with his hands and shouted.

DPP Lee asked that the sentence of sexual penetration of the minor and disorderly behaviour run consecutively to reflect the gravity of Shanmugam's crimes.

"This is to send a deterrent message to the accused of the severity of an offence of sexually penetrating a minor and to also signal the court's displeasure at the accused's repeated reoffending of an offence of displaying disorderly behaviour,'' he said.

Shanmugam has had six previous convictions for disorderly behaviour since 1985, and one of outrage of modesty.

He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined for sexual penetration; and up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.

He also faces enhanced punishment for disorderly behaviour - the maximum punishment in the case of a second or subsequent conviction is a fine of $5,000 or up to 12 months' jail or both.

elena@sph.com.sg