Man who lifted girl's dress jailed 4 months

He acted like a friendly neighbour, offering to buy ice cream for the young girl.

But driver Rosli Hassan, 55, lifted the eight-year-old girl's dress and then gave her money for ice cream to buy her silence.

He was jailed for four months yesterday after pleading guilty to committing an indecent act with a child on Aug 14 last year.

The court heard that Rosli, who was the victim's neighbour, had gone to her home that evening, proffering packets of ice, which the girl's mother declined. He then offered to buy the victim ice cream and asked that she come by his flat later.

The child asked her mother for permission before going to Rosli's flat.

When she arrived, Rosli opened the door, wearing a towel wrapped around his waist.

He told the girl to sit on the sofa in the living room and asked if she was wearing diapers, to which she said no.

Rosli then lifted her dress with his hand but did not touch her. Scared, she quickly pulled her dress down.

He then gave her $4 to buy ice cream and she left.

The girl bought ice cream for herself and her siblings, which amounted to $1.80.

She returned the change to Rosli by placing the money on the shoe rack outside his unit.

The victim told her mother about the incident when she got home. Both then went to Rosli's flat to confront him and returned the ice cream before the mother called the police.

Rosli could have been fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to five years for committing an indecent act with a child.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2017, with the headline 'Man who lifted girl's dress jailed 4 months'. Print Edition | Subscribe