Man tries to break into Pulau Ubin village chief's home to 'harass maid', police called in

Police officers hold up a photo while searching for the man in Pulau Ubin on March 12, 2018.
Police officers hold up a photo while searching for the man in Pulau Ubin on March 12, 2018.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A topless man allegedly tried three times to break into the home of the village chief in Pulau Ubin on Sunday night (March 11), with the police called in over the incident.

Village chief Chu Yok Choon told The Straits Times that the man was arrested on Monday.

"He came into the house twice at first," said Mr Chu in Mandarin. "I wasn't at home. It was just my wife and maid at home. I don't know what he wanted. I think he wanted to harass the maid. I just employed her a few days ago."

Mr Chu, who is in his 70s, said the man did not appear drunk.

Lianhe Wanbao said in a report on Monday that the maid, Ms Siti Masito, had just arrived in Singapore a few days ago and began working for Mr Chu and his wife.

The 30-year-old told the Chinese evening daily that she was in the kitchen preparing dinner at about 6pm when she heard an unusual noise from outside the door.

"I looked up and saw a half-naked man in shorts coming towards me, it gave me a shock," she said.

Ms Siti Masito, 30, said she was in the kitchen preparing dinner on March 11, 2018, when a man barged into the home thrice in two hours. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

She said the man appeared to be in his 40s. He did not say a word and walked into the kitchen expressionlessly.

Frightened, Ms Siti screamed.

There were three or four villagers chatting outside, and they rushed forward to chase the man out.

However, he returned again later, only to be chased out again by the villagers. He tried again, a third time, within two hours of the first incident, Ms Siti said.

Eventually, Mr Chu's wife, Madam Yang, 62, went with the maid to make a police report.

Mr Chu told ST that he made another report on Monday. The police went to the island that day and arrested the man, he said.