Vietnamese national jailed for corruption and molestation

A Vietnamese businessman who corruptly offered bribes and molested a property management executive was jailed for 14 weeks on Friday.
A Vietnamese businessman who corruptly offered bribes and molested a property management executive was jailed for 14 weeks on Friday.ST GRAPHIC

SINGAPORE - A Vietnamese businessman who corruptly offered bribes and molested a property management executive was jailed for 14 weeks on Friday.

Nguyun The Tuan, 41, who faced a total of six charges, had pleaded guilty to one count each of bribery and outraging the modesty of a 23-year-old woman in February last year.

Tuan, a father of one, was in the business of servicing Vietnamese students who want to study in Singapore and Vietnamese nationals who require medical treatment.

He and his wife rented two service apartments owned and managed by a major developer. As the couple had breached the terms of the lease, the developer decided to discontinue the lease for the two apartments in District 9.

On Feb 19 last year, the victim went with two technicians to inspect the unit and assessed the damages to be $5,000.

Tuan disagreed with the amount and asked her to reduce her assessment. He said he would give her $1,000 if she was prepared to reduce the sum to $1,000. The victim refused the offer, and instead gave him one more day to repair the damages found in the apartment.

The next day, she went to meet Tuan to complete the hand-over exercise.

While sitting at the dining table, Tuan again offered money to the victim by slipping the money in between a newspaper after she had re-assessed damages to be $2,700.

The victim understood that the money was intended for her but ignored him. He then tried to negotiate with her. She finally agreed to fix the cost at $2,500.

As they were about to leave, the victim flipped the newspaper and found the cash money inside. She handed the cash to Tuan as she did not want him to leave anything behind in the apartment.

After taking the money, he walked towards the victim, who took a few steps back until her back was against the wall. He then tried to press the cash into her hands and as he did this, he came very close to kiss her.

She immediately turned her head and felt him lean forward to sniff her neck. She then heard him remark "Hmm... smells good.''

She felt alarmed and pushed him away.

Tuan could have been fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to five years for corruption. For outrage of modesty, he could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined sentence.

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