Jailed for molesting his two teenage sisters

An unemployed man was sentenced to 11 months in jail yesterday for molesting his two teenage sisters and insulting the modesty of the younger one.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty last month to touching the breasts of his 15-year-old sister on July 16 this year, and his then 17-year-old sister in late January 2014.

He also admitted exposing himself to the younger victim this July.

None of the parties can be named due to a gag order.

The court heard that the 15-year-old student was asleep in bed at their family home at about 8am on July 16 when she was awakened by someone touching her T-shirt over her right breast.

When she opened her eyes, she saw her brother standing naked in front of her. She shouted at him, telling him to leave.

He apologised, returned to his room and locked the door.

A few days earlier, he had been drinking and felt sexually aroused. He stripped naked, went to the kitchen and asked the same sister to touch him.

He walked away only after she said he was disgusting and told him to put on his clothes.

Investigations also showed that he molested the other sister at home two years ago while she was sleeping in her room.

The accused, who was not represented, told the court that he had made many mistakes and regretted them.

He could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment for outrage of modesty.

The maximum punishment for using words or gestures intended to insult the modesty of a woman is one year's jail and a fine.

Elena Chong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2016, with the headline 'Jailed for molesting his two teenage sisters'. Print Edition | Subscribe