NUS student allegedly stalked woman, trespassed on her property

A National University of Singapore (NUS) student allegedly committed offences including stalking a woman and trespassing onto her property on campus.

Ong Jing Xiang, now 25, had been handed three charges earlier this year - one count each of harassment, criminal trespass and gaining unauthorised access to her account on messaging platform Telegram.

The Singaporean man is said to have committed the offences between August 2019 and July last year. The woman cannot be identified due to a gag order to protect her identity.

In a statement yesterday, NUS said that it had promptly taken disciplinary action against Ong after the case was brought to its attention last year.

Its spokesman said: "NUS takes a serious view of misconduct by members of our community. Any student who breaches the NUS statutes and regulations will face severe sanctions.

"The university places the highest priority on the safety and well-being of our students. No-contact orders have been served to prohibit interaction between both parties."

Without revealing details, NUS added that the sanctions form part of Ong's formal educational record.

According to court documents, Ong allegedly stalked the woman between August 2019 and July last year by sending multiple messages to her communication apps.

He is also accused of trespassing into her property on campus between Jan 29 and 30 last year.

Details about its location have been redacted from court documents. At around the same time, Ong allegedly gained unauthorised access to the woman's Telegram account.

His case has been adjourned to tomorrow. For harassment, an offender can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to $5,000.

And for trespassing, an offender can be jailed for up to three months and fined up to $1,500.

Shaffiq Alkhatib

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2021, with the headline 'NUS student allegedly stalked woman, trespassed on her property'. Subscribe