Pharmaceutical technician fined $3,000 for molesting 16-year-old student in lift

Chew Teck Chiang, 51, molested a 16-year-old student in an HDB lift and was fined $3,000 on Tuesday.
Chew Teck Chiang, 51, molested a 16-year-old student in an HDB lift and was fined $3,000 on Tuesday.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A pharmaceutical technician, who molested a 16-year-old student in an HDB lift, was fined $3,000 on Tuesday (Jan 31).

Chew Teck Chiang, 51, admitted to touching and pinching the victim's buttocks at about 6.10am on May 5, 2016.

A court heard that the girl, who was wearing her school uniform, entered the lift that Chew was in.

He asked her whether she was going to school, and she replied "yes''.

As the lift was descending, he used his left hand to touch her right buttock and pinched it once. The victim was scared but did not dare to turn around.

When the lift arrived at the ground floor, she immediately exited the lift and boarded her school bus, which was waiting for her at the foot of the block.

She later informed a teacher in school about the incident and was subsequently brought to the police station to make a report.

Chew could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment for using criminal force to outrage modesty.