Man sentenced to six months' jail for molesting woman on bus

Phua Sze Son molested a woman on a bus and was jailed for six months on Wednesday (Feb 17).
Phua Sze Son molested a woman on a bus and was jailed for six months on Wednesday (Feb 17). PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - A 24-year-old man who molested a woman on a bus was jailed for six months on Wednesday (Feb 17).

Phua Sze Son had pleaded guilty to touching the 20-year-old woman's chest while travelling on board SMRT bus service number 858 along Yishun Avenue 5 on July 13 last year.

A Community Court heard that the woman was seated at the back of the bus at about 7.50am that day when she fell asleep some time during the journey.

At about 8.25am, Phua boarded the same bus and sat beside her when there were several empty seats.

He then used his right hand to touch the right side of her breast several times. She felt someone pressing down on her chest and then woke up. She saw Phua seated beside her.

Feeling uncomfortable, she moved two rows ahead and used her iPhone to take a photo of Phua.

Phua, who admitted to the offence, had stated that he felt the victim was pretty and felt like touching her breast.

He was last jailed for 11 weeks in 2014 for molesting a 12-year-old girl, also on a public bus, in September 2013.

Before the 2013 incident, he had already been convicted of three molestation offences, and had been punished with probation and reformative training.

He could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined sentence.