SINGAPORE — A 42-year-old male nurse from the Philippines was on Friday (28 January) jailed for 10 months along with one stroke of the cane for molesting a 23-year-old female subordinate at a Singapore hospital.
The culprit pleaded guilty at the State Courts to one out of three charges of molestation, with the remaining counts considered in sentencing.
He and the Malaysian victim cannot be named under a gag order.
On the morning of 3 April last year, the culprit went up to the victim and wrapped his right arm around her waist for a few seconds while she was seated and writing patient reports. He then used his right hand to pat her shoulder. She stood up and got away from him.
Later that day, at about 1pm, the culprit hugged the victim from the front inside a room. He then pulled down his face mask and kissed the left side of her neck once before kissing the other side of her neck.
She demanded to know what he was doing and quickly left the room. Still, that didn't deter him.
About an hour later, the culprit asked the victim to follow him to the staff pantry to look for food. She followed as she was hungry. As they passed by the staff changing room, he pulled her inside and closed the door.
There, he pulled down both their masks and kissed her on the lips while groping her breast and buttocks. As she protested, he grabbed her right hand and put it into his pants and underwear. He let go after a while and the victim quickly left the room.
She made a police report a few days later. As a result of the trauma and distress, she later saw a psychiatrist.
For his proceeded molest charge, the culprit could have been jailed for two years and also jailed and fined.
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