Eight charged in separate outrage of modesty cases

5 S'poreans, 3 foreigners face one to three charges each for offences committed between Nov 2016 and last Dec

Eight men were charged with outrage of modesty yesterday in separate court cases.

The five Singaporeans and three foreigners, aged 23 to 67, face between one and three charges each.

The offences were committed between November 2016 and December last year.

Tham Kin Leong, 34, claimed trial to molesting a 15-year-old girl on an MRT train travelling between Bishan and Marymount on Nov 8 and 9, 2016. A pre-trial conference will be held on March 13.

Tan Boon Hwee, 29, is alleged to have molested a 19-year-old by touching and stroking her feet at Singapore Botanic Gardens on March 11 last year. He faces a second charge of using criminal force by pulling the teenager's hair and will return to court on April 2.

Australian Scott Ingram Jones, 42, allegedly squeezed the buttocks of a 32-year-old woman at Wine Connection in Robertson Walk on Aug 17 last year.

He is accused of two counts of using criminal force on Special Constable/Sergeant Zuo Zhuang by kicking him in the leg three times and headbutting him. He was also charged with causing hurt to Special Constable/Sgt Zuo by kicking his left leg twice and using abusive words towards him. He is out on $15,000 bail until the next mention on March 28.

Subjebto Pono, 67, who faces two charges, is said to have cupped a 38-year-old woman's face and kissed her on the forehead in a storeroom at Concorde Shopping Mall in Orchard Road on Sept 24 last year. He is also accused of hugging a 40-year-old woman and putting his face close to hers at the mall on Oct 2 last year. He intends to plead guilty and his case will be mentioned on March 27.

Jee Chai Chai, 23, was charged with squeezing the bottom of a 55-year-old woman while cycling past her in Lorong 1 Toa Payoh on Nov 8 last year.

A second charge accuses him of grabbing the buttock of a 46-year-old woman while cycling behind her on a jogging path in front of Block 219, Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, on Nov 11. Jee, who will be back in court on March 27, is likely to face an additional property-related charge.

Japanese businessman Yujiro Tomita, 33, allegedly smacked a 33-year-old's bottom at a public entertainment outlet in Emerald Hill on Nov 27 last year. He will appear in court on March 21.

Indian national Vanangamudi Balakrishnan, 28, is accused of squeezing the bottom of a 23-year-old outside a lift at a Housing Board block in Sin Ming Avenue last Dec 1. The case will be mentioned on March 6.

Private-hire car driver Tiu Hong Hwee, 37, allegedly kissed a 19-year-old in the front passenger seat of his vehicle in Orchard Road on Dec 10 last year. He is said to have molested her two more times at Concorde Hotel's basement carpark. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for March 13.

The maximum penalty for outrage of modesty is two years' jail, a fine and caning.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Eight charged in separate outrage of modesty cases'. Subscribe