'Uncle' jailed 9 months for molesting 11-year-old girl

The girl was not herself, often staring blankly at the wall or the television set. Even when asked what was wrong, the 11-year-old initially refused to confide in her mother.

However later, she broke down in tears and told her 48-year-old mother that the family friend whom she called 'uncle' had kissed and hugged her, and touched her chest and groin.

The girl,also said that she had learned in sex education classes in school that men should not be touching her body. The mother told a doctor who called the police.

In a district court on Friday, the offender was jailed for nine months for outraging the girl's modesty on five occasions. He was spared caning as he suffers from schizophrenia.

The court heard that her family met the offender when the victim was about four or five years old and he became a close family friend as he had no children of his own. The offences had all occurred between September 2010 and February 2011. In January 2011, the victim and her family moved into the man's flat in Taman Jurong while waiting for their new flat to be completed.

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