Man jailed after posing as good Samaritan to molest two women

SINGAPORE - A man posed as a good Samaritan to molest two vulnerable women on two separate occasions.

Ang Ah Lak even threatened to strip and tie up one victim then keep her at his flat for three days.

The 51-year-old was jailed for three years and 10 months on Wednesday (June 13) after pleading guilty to three molestation charges.

His first victim was a 35-year-old woman who had been receiving treatment for schizophrenia at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

She was leaving a recovery group session at around 4pm on Nov 20 last year when Ang approached her and started a conversation.

When she told him she was unemployed, he said he could offer her a job and the next day they met at a bus stop near Causeway Point shopping centre in Woodlands.

There, he told the woman that he had to return to his flat in Marsiling Road first and asked her to follow him. About 20 minutes after getting there, the woman began to feel uncomfortable and wanted to go home, the court heard.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Marshall Lim said: "The accused then... told her that he would strip her, tie her up and keep her in his premises for three days and three nights."

He then molested the woman, who left the flat soon after. She alerted the police the next day.

Ang met his second victim as she was sitting alone at a playground near his flat at around 1am on Feb 9 this year.

The 18-year-old's boyfriend had just thrown her out of his home following an argument and she had nowhere else to go, the court heard. Ang approached the teenager and told her that she should follow him to his flat.

DPP Lim told District Judge Marvin Bay that Ang also told her that he had "hosted many girls before and that he is very nice to girls".

The teenager agreed to follow Ang but when they reached his home, he undressed in front of her and went to take a bath. She tried to escape but could not leave as the gate was locked. Ang later came out of a bathroom naked and molested her. He also said that he wanted to have sex with her.

In a bid to escape, the woman lied to him and said that they could do so in her home. Ang agreed and left his flat with her. They were walking downstairs when they bumped into her 21-year-old boyfriend.

She immediately told the younger man about her ordeal and Ang fled. She lodged a police report later that morning.

Judge Bay said: "Ang had targeted successive victims by exploiting their vulnerabilities by offering false hospitality and promises of employment... and proceeded to gratify his perverse desires on these hapless women."