Four men, aged between 28 and 84, will be charged in court on 12 July 2019 for their suspected involvement in four separate cases of outrage of modesty, reported between November 2018 and May 2019.
The brief details of the four cases are as follows:
On 8 November 2018, a 20-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 42-year-old man on a public bus travelling along Thomson Road;
On 8 December 2018, a 25-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 28-year-old man at a shop along Orchard Road;
On 12 May 2019, a 46-year-old woman reported that she was molested by an 84-year-old man on an overhead bridge along Upper Cross Street; and
On 13 May 2019, a 31-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 55-year-old man on a train traveling from Boon Keng MRT station to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to any suspicious person(s);
Avoid walking through dimly-lit and secluded places or taking the lift with a stranger;
Carry along with you a shrill alarm; and
If you are molested, seek help immediately from those around you. Take note of the prominent features and attire of the suspect as well as the direction in which he or she went. Call '999' as soon as possible to increase the chances of apprehending the suspect early. If it is safe to do so, the victim or other witnesses of the crime may assist to detain the suspect while waiting for the Police to arrive.
Anyone convicted of outrage of modesty under Section 354(1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with caning, or with any combination of such punishments. If the victim is under 14 years of age, the maximum imprisonment term will be increased to five years. The Police would also like to highlight that the commission of such an offence on board public transport is an aggravating factor that may result in a higher sentence.
Source: Singapore Police Force