Factory worker jailed nine months for molesting colleague

SINGAPORE - A factory worker who grabbed a colleague and groped her breast after she asked him to open a door with his security card was jailed for nine months on Friday.

The 27-year-old Chinese national was working in Yishun last Nov 14 when he used criminal force to outrage the 22-year-old's modesty.

The court heard that the victim, a Malaysian, wanted to leave the workplace at about 8pm. As she had recently joined the company, her security card had not yet been activated and she wanted help to exit the premises.

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was the only other person left in the factory and she sought his help to open the door.

He told her he was waiting for his mobile phone to charged so she stood beside him and waited.

The man then held onto her waist with his left hand. She pushed him away and tried to leave but he grabbed her hand and pulled her onto his lap.

The woman struggled and managed to break free but fell. She got up and proceeded to her own office.

The accused followed her and squeezed her breast from behind. She managed to break free and shouted at him. He eventually opened the door for her and she left.

She reported the matter to the company the next day and her supervisor called the police.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenny Yang, who sought a prison sentence of nine to 10 months, told District Judge Imran Abdul Hamid that the accused persisted despite the victim's protest and struggle. He said there was some element of restraint and confinement.

Counsel Gordon Lim said the victim has forgiven his client who later tried to apologise.

The accused, whose sentence was backdated to Nov 17 last year, could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment.