SINGAPORE — A 67-year-old former statutory board director was on Monday (18 January) jailed for six weeks for molesting a subordinate.
The Singaporean man had been found guilty of the crime after a trial earlier last year. No details leading to the identification of the victim can be published.
He had faced a total of six molestation charges involving two female employees, who were 43 and 55 at the time of the alleged offences in 2016.
Five of the charges related to the younger woman while the remaining count related to the older woman.
In December last year, the man was acquitted of the charges relating to the younger woman after District Judge John Ng found inconsistencies in her evidence, which raised reasonable doubts about the prosecution’s case.
However, the judge found that the older woman’s testimony was cogent and reliable. Her evidence related to the culprit hugging her so tightly that her breasts pressed against him while they were in her office sometime in mid-2016.
The man still faces three pending molestation charges involving the older woman. He is accused of molesting her during overseas work trips to the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Public servants on duty overseas whose action there would have constituted a crime under Singapore law can be punished for it here.
A pre-trial conference for the three remaining charges has been set for next month.
The man is out on $30,000 bail pending an appeal against conviction and sentence. The prosecution is also appealing against the acquittals involving the younger woman.
For his convicted charge of using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a person, the man could have been jailed for up to two years and also fined. Male offenders below 50 can also be caned.
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