Store manager jailed for molesting co-worker, threatening ex-girlfriend

SINGAPORE — A married father of two who sneaked up on his colleague to kiss her and grope her breasts was jailed seven months on Thursday (Oct 5) for outrage of modesty.A month earlier, the 40-year-old Filipino, a store manager, had also threatened to circulate nude photos of his ex-girlfriend, a 27-year-old Filipino, in what he claims was an attempt to stop her from contacting him. For criminal intimidation, he was sentenced to six weeks’ jail.His wife was present during sentencing. He and his victims cannot be named to protect the women’s identities.In claiming trial, the man denied molesting his co-worker, a 23-year-old Singaporean. He maintained that the kiss was consensual and he was giving her a “massage”.

The court heard that on Nov 2 in 2015, he and his victim were alone in the dry store of their orkplace. Walking up from behind her, he reached into her polo T-shirt and slipped his hand under her bra to touch her breasts. He then pulled her to his lap and kissed her on the lips.The victim said that she cried and left the dry store. She later stopped returning to work. Her other co-workers were shocked and doubted her account of what had happened.

She told the court: “I don’t even know him and (I am not in a) relationship with him or anything… (I became) jobless, and he’s still working... I am the one being fired.”After the incident, she developed a phobia towards men, even towards her father. She would get scared when men come towards her or near her, or just stand beside her, Deputy Public Prosecutor Gail Wong said when she asked for a sentence of at least nine months.Defence lawyer Peter Ong Lip Cheng asked for less than three months’ jail, saying that the man made a “one-off serious offence” and is “ashamed of what he has done”.

District Judge Ong Chin Rhu ruled that the case “involved direct contact” which “would usually attract a longer sentence”, so the man deserves a seven-month sentence.For the criminal intimidation offence, the court heard that the man had sent two email messages to his ex-girlfriend, threatening to forward her nude photographs to her friends and relatives.In his first email, he attached 19 nude photos of her, asking her if she wanted people in her office or her Facebook friends to see the pictures first. A second email with a similar message carried 13 nude photos of her.

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