SINGAPORE — A kitchen assistant recorded himself while molesting a colleague who was also his housemate as she slept, a court learned.
When the victim woke up, the perpetrator alleged that he had come into her room to take some honey.
On Friday, at the State Courts, the 37-year-old culprit was imprisoned for 13 months and 10 weeks, along with 3 strokes of the cane. The Vietnamese national declared guilty to one charge each of molestation and outraging the modesty of the victim, a 45-year-old Chinese national. He cannot be classified due to a court order to preserve the victim’s identity.
Both the culprit and the victim shared the same flat and served in the same coffeeshop as kitchen assistants. The victim slept alone inside her room on 8 March, The door was shut and the victim was sleeping without clothes as it was warm.
The accused alleged that he felt thirsty and he chose to open the door of the victim’s room and enter it as he required to get some honey inside her room.
Deputy Public Prosecutor R. Arvindren said District Judge Ong Chin Rhu, “Upon entering the victim’s room, the accused noticed the victim sleeping without clothes and got excited and curious.”
The perpetrator molested the victim’s private parts and filmed a video of himself doing so.
The victim was awoken and saw the culprit standing beside her bed and holding his mobile phone. He looked shocked.
DPP Arvindren requested a total prison term of at least 16 months and three strokes of the cane while the culprit’s lawyer requested 12 months jail and three strokes of the cane.
In mitigation, the perpetrator’s lawyer told that he was sorry and regretted to the victim and declared guilty.