Home Briefs: Man jailed for molesting spa receptionist

Man jailed for molesting spa receptionist

A 56-year-old man who groped a spa receptionist was yesterday jailed for one week.

Ng Hong Chua went to the spa in Tampines at about 2.50am on Oct 14 last year. While the victim was escorting him to a room on the second floor, Ng said he was drunk and grabbed her arm and asked her to support him. He later placed his hand around her waist.

She took him to a room and told him to change into a pair of shorts provided. Ng asked for a new pair. When she returned, Ng, who was naked, pulled her into the room and kissed her. He also grabbed her hand and pulled it towards his private parts and said he would pay for her to perform a sexual act.

She left, saying the spa does not provide such services.


3 weeks' jail for punching taxi driver

A man who punched a taxi driver in the face was sentenced to three weeks' jail yesterday.

Shawn William, 39, then a liaison officer with a licensed debt collector, pleaded guilty to hurting Mr Lai Seng Thong, 57, at a carpark in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on Dec 5 last year.

The court heard that Shawn and his family boarded Mr Lai's taxi that evening. During the journey, Shawn's wife asked to use the cabby's phone to call her relative to confirm the address.

An argument broke out between Mr Lai and Shawn when the cabby refused. Shawn then paid the fare and when Mr Lai was getting the change, Shawn punched him in the face. Mr Lai suffered a superficial cut. A second charge of fighting with Mr Lai was considered in sentencing.

Shawn, who deferred his sentence to Monday, could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.


Motorcyclist killed on West Coast Highway

A motorcyclist was killed in an accident along the West Coast Highway near Clementi Road yesterday.

The 37-year-old male victim was declared dead by paramedics at the scene.

The Straits Times understands that he had been attempting to avoid a sapling bent over by strong wind. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted at 6.50am and dispatched an ambulance.


Work on air-con systems of older LRT train cars

Public transport operator SMRT has started work on the air-conditioning systems of its older LRT train cars.

This was after rust was found on air-con filters in a Bukit Panjang LRT train car, as reported by Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao yesterday.

LRT operations are not affected as there is no need to ground the trains. The rust was found during a check, which is part of regular LRT train maintenance, said Mr Patrick Nathan, SMRT's vice-president for corporate information and communications.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe