A 24-year-old man who was on trial for molesting a teenage girl aboard a public bus also molested another woman while he was out on bail.
For his actions, Ng Junwei was jailed 12 months by the State Courts on Thursday (17 May) for two counts of using criminal force to outrage modesty. He had been found guilty on the first charge – for which he claimed trial – in March and pleaded guilty to the second offence.
On 11 January this year, Ng saw a woman sitting on an aisle seat in a public bus. He then stood next to the woman, exposed his private parts and used them to poke the woman’s arm as she was seated.
Feeling disgusted, the woman informed the bus driver of what had happened. The bus driver then called the police.
Ng tried asking the woman to give him a chance but she ignored him until the police arrived.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Adrianni Marhain sought a jail term of at least eight months on each charge. She pointed out that Ng had committed the second offence on public transport, and that the manner in which used his private parts to touch his victim was “egregious”.
Furthermore, he offended while on bail while his trial for another molest case was ongoing, said Adrianni. During that trial, which concluded on 16 March, Ng was found guilty of touching a then 15-year-old girl’s thigh with his fingers on a public bus.
Ng’s lawyer had sought a jail term of seven weeks’ jail for the first charge, and six months’ jail for the second charge, saying that a total of 16 months’ jail may be “crushing” for his client who was a part-time student.
Ng had a previous conviction for another molest offence committed in 2008, which also took place on public transport.
Before sentencing Ng, District Judge John Ng said that Ng’s first teenage victim suffered psychological effects from the encounter and had to relive the ordeal when she testified during Ng’s trial. This was an aggravating factor, said the judge.
Another aggravating factor was the fact that Ng committed the second offence while out on bail, said the judge. If he had not pleaded guilty early, the sentence would be closer to a year’s jail on the second charge, said DJ Ng.
The judge handed down a jail term of 12 months and advised Ng to seek psychological help once he was done serving his sentence.
“Stop violating (girls) while on the bus or train. Do you know how terrifying that is?” the judge told Ng.
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