Waiter jailed for touching man's buttocks in Orchard MRT station

Chew Yeow Keong pleaded guilty to one count of outraging the modesty of a 20-year-old man.
Chew Yeow Keong pleaded guilty to one count of outraging the modesty of a 20-year-old man.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A part-time waiter who repeatedly touched the buttocks of a 20-year-old man in the Orchard MRT station was jailed for 10 weeks on Monday (March 14).

Chew Yeow Keong, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of outraging the modesty of the victim at the fare gate of the station on Jan 21 last year.

Three other similar offences committed at the escalator and after the fare gates were considered during his sentencing.

The court heard that the victim was going to work and had alighted at Orchard MRT station that morning. He took the escalator from the train platform and then exited at the fare gate.

While he was tapping his ez-link card, he felt a touch at his buttock region. He turned around to check. He felt outraged and embarrassed by Chew's actions and confronted him.

The victim then sought the help of Transcom officers and police were called.

Closed-circuit television footage showed Chew following closely behind the victim with his right hand stretched forward towards the victim's buttocks. Chew was also seen directly behind the victim at the same fare gate.

Among his previous convictions was a similar molestation in 2002 when he was jailed and caned for using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a 17-year-old male.

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