Man jailed for molesting two male victims and supermarket theft

The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A 43-year-old man who molested another man and a boy, and stole items from a supermarket was on Thursday (17 June) jailed for six months and one week.

Shahrizan Sunari, a Singaporean, pleaded guilty to two charges of outrage of modesty and theft at the State Courts.

On 12 March, the culprit approached the first victim, a 45-year-old man, at the letterbox area of an HDB block along Sumang Lane.

The victim was taking a photo of a cat and Shahrizan started talking to him. They talked about cats and Korean men.

"While talking, the victim felt something touching his groin. He looked down and saw the accused use his right hand to brush his (the victim) groin area several times," said Deputy Public Prosecutor Eric Hu.

"The victim was stunned and felt uncomfortable. He walked away to his bicycle and cycled off to avoid the accused," he added.

The molester struck again later that same month while on board a public bus. While talking to a 16-year-old boy on 31 March, Shahrizan used the back of his left index finger to stroke the victim’s thigh for about two to three minutes.

He stopped when the victim asked him what he was doing. The victim felt uncomfortable and alighted at the next stop.

The next day, the store manager of the Sheng Siong outlet at Block 231 Sumang Lane caught Shahrizan red-handed while the latter was trying to leave the store with a pair of footwear without paying for it.

A check of his bag uncovered more stolen items including two yoghurt drinks and two cans of potato chips. Shahrizan claimed that he was hungry and didn't have money for the items, which amounted to $23.45 in total.

The maximum punishment for using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a person is two years' jail along with a fine and caning.

For shoplifting, Shahrizan could have been jailed for up to seven years and also fined.

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