TP inspector guilty of molesting subordinates

Mohd Taufik Abu Bakar molested four men who were serving their national service as special constables. The court heard that he committed most of his offences at the Traffic Police headquarters.
Mohd Taufik Abu Bakar molested four men who were serving their national service as special constables. The court heard that he committed most of his offences at the Traffic Police headquarters.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A Traffic Police (TP) inspector told a 21-year-old special constable that his body odour was giving him a headache and invited him to his flat, where he had some body scrub and hair removal cream that could help him.

Afraid of his superior, the special constable agreed - before being subjected to a molestation that left him feeling "frozen" and "lost".

Mohd Taufik Abu Bakar molested four male subordinates who were serving their national service as special constables.

The married 55-year-old was so brazen that he committed most of his offences at the TP headquarters, a court heard.

After a six-day trial, District Judge Jasvender Kaur convicted Taufik yesterday of six outrage of modesty charges involving the four men.

She acquitted him of one molestation charge involving a fifth special constable.

He committed the offences between January and September 2015.

Taufik, who has since been suspended, joined the TP investigation branch in 1998 and became the officer in charge of the hit-and-run investigation team five years later.

On Sept 10, 2015, Taufik approached the 21-year-old special constable to complain about his body odour and said he had some cream that could remove hair from his armpits and groin.

Two days later, he invited the young man to his flat and said he would teach him how to use the products.

Taufik took him home the next day when no one else was around and handed the products to him.

The man was naked in the toilet when Taufik barged in.

He applied the hair removal cream to the man's private parts. After removing the cream, he slathered the man with body scrub and molested him again.

The special constable testified that he felt like "the whole world collapsed on him, so all he did was comply". After sending the man home, Taufik texted him to say: "Let me know if you feel lonely and need me to accompany you. You can stay over at my place and let me know."

Taufik also molested three other special constables at the TP headquarters.

Between January and July 2015, he placed his right hand around a 24-year-old man's waist, pulling him close. He molested another 21-year-old man between June and July that year by slapping his right buttock.

He also outraged a 22-year-old special constable's modesty.

The offences came to light on Sept 16, 2015, when the man whom he had invited home told the 22-year-old victim about what happened.

The two men then told an NS probationary inspector about their ordeal.

Taufik is out on bail of $15,000 and will be back in court on March 23.

Those convicted of molestation can be jailed for up to two years and fined or caned for each charge. Taufik cannot be caned as he is over 50.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2018, with the headline 'TP inspector guilty of molesting subordinates'. Print Edition | Subscribe