The trial of a maid accused of making her employer’s eleven-year-old son touch her private parts began on Monday (18 June).
The 33-year-old Indian national, who was employed with the family from the start of 2015 to 16 July 2016, faces four counts of committing obscene acts with the child, breaches under the Children and Young Persons Act. She is also contesting one count of using threatening words against the boy, a breach under the Protection from Harassment Act.
None of the parties involved in the case can be named to protect the boy’s identity. The offences are said to have occurred between January and May 2016.
The woman is accused of kissing the boy on the lips between end-January and early February 2016.
On 27 March the same year, she allegedly placed the boy’s hands on her breast and told him to grip it.
The woman allegedly made the boy touch her private parts in another incident in April 2016, after the boy turned 12.
She is also accused of molesting the boy over his underwear, and threatening to release a video of the two of them engaging in sexual activities, with both incidents happening in May 2016.
In opening the case, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Chee Ee Ling said the prosecution will be producing evidence from five witnesses, including an investigation officer, the boy himself, his father, mother, a maternal aunt and elder sister.
The first tranche of the trial will end on Wednesday.
If convicted on committing an obscene act with a child, the woman faces a jail term of up to five years and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.