Jailed for outrage of modesty - once again

26-year-old also convicted over theft of four pairs of shoes with younger accomplice

Even though he had been convicted of molestation in 2006 and 2015, Phui Jun Ming was back at it again, this time victimising a polytechnic student he had just befriended.

On Monday, Phui, 26, was jailed for 10 months and two weeks for outrage of modesty and dishonest misappropriation of property. He had another molestation charge taken into consideration during sentencing.

Phui served nine months in jail following his 2015 conviction, when he also received one stroke of the cane.

On Jan 2 this year, Phui spotted his latest victim smoking alone at Pangsua Pond, in Saujana Road, at about 12.15am. She cannot be named because of a gag order.

He approached the student, who was then 20 years old, and asked if he could borrow a lighter. The two then started chatting. During the conversation, he asked if he could be her boyfriend but she rejected him.

But he still placed his left arm over her shoulder, and touched her cheek twice.

KNEW HE WAS WRONG

I know I grabbed your boob. I was wrong. Are you going to call the police?

PHUI JUN MING, 26, to his victim

When the frightened victim told Phui that she was heading home, he used his right hand to squeeze her right breast over her clothing. She pushed his hand away and walked back towards her block.

Phui went after her and, when he caught up, he told her: "I know I grabbed your boob. I was wrong. Are you going to call the police?"

He then walked away. A police report was lodged that same day.

Phui was also convicted on Monday of stealing four pairs of shoes with a 14-year-old accomplice, who was given a conditional warning.

On Aug 2 last year, the pair took the shoes from various units at Block 520 Jelapang Road before they were stopped by a police officer at the void deck.

They were planning to sell them for money.

Phui's previous offences included those related to property, but court documents did not provide details.

In mitigation, Phui's lawyer said he was a "simple individual" who had tried to make the best of his life.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2018, with the headline 'Jailed for outrage of modesty - once again'. Print Edition | Subscribe