Interior designer gets jail and caning for assaulting family of four outside their home

Koong Kin Cheong pleaded guilty to a charge of molest and three counts of causing hurt.
Koong Kin Cheong pleaded guilty to a charge of molest and three counts of causing hurt. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 35-year-old interior designer assaulted a family of four who confronted him for peeping into their home in the early hours of the morning, a court heard on Friday.

Koong Kin Cheong also molested one of the family members.

He was jailed for a total of 10 months and two weeks, having pleaded guilty to a charge of molest and three counts of causing hurt. He was also given three strokes of the cane.

A district court heard that at about 2.30am on May 28, 2014, after a night out drinking with his friends, Koong peeped into the living room of a Kallang flat from the corridor.

The family members cannot be named due to a court order.

A 20 year-old woman in a white tank top shouted at him, and Koong ran and hid between some clothes racks along the corridor.

Her shouts woke up her brother, 19, mother, 54, and father 55.

The father went to the corridor and saw Koong, who lied that he was looking for a friend.

When his daugher told him that Koong had peeped into the living room, the father went back to the flat to call the police.

The daughter continued to question Koong over his motivations for peeping into the flat, and he became agitated and tried to leave.

She stepped in front of him to stop him, but he slapped her twice.

The mother then moved in front of her daughter to protect her, but Koong punched the older woman in the head, causing her to fall on a clothes rack. Her head started bleeding.

When her son tried to hold Koong back, he too was punched.

Koong also punched and kicked the father, who rushed out upon hearing his wife and daughter shouting.

The peeping tom also kicked the younger woman in her back twice, causing her to fall. Not only that, when she knelt to attend to her mother after Koong appeared to have run off, he came back unexpectedly and grabbed her breasts from behind.

She tried to pry his hands off but could not as he was too strong.

Koong then fled the scene.

He could have been jailed for two years, fined and caned for outrage of modesty.

For causing hurt he could have been jailed for two years and fined $5,000 per charge.