SINGAPORE — An intoxicated woman was at the mercy of a man who abducted her to a nearby stairwell and intended to molest her.
Fortunately for the 42-year-old woman, a good Samaritan saw the incident and stopped the man from carrying out his deeds.
The man who abducted her, 31-year-old Abdul Haqem Abdul Majid, was jailed 14 months and eighteen weeks on Monday (24 August) after he pleaded guilty to one count each of abduction and molest. He also admitted to five counts of dishonest misappropriation of property and one count of changing his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook account and logging into it for the purpose of reading her messages.
Two counts of dishonest misappropriation of property and one count of unauthorised access to computer material were taken into consideration for his sentencing.
On 26 July last year – the night before she was abducted – the woman drank at her workplace before going to a club to consume more alcohol. She left the club drunk and took a taxi, alighting across the road from her home.
Before she could walk home, she vomited on a grass patch. At about 1.15am on 27 July 2019, a motorcyclist, Kenneth Cheong, 26, was riding along the road when he saw the woman lying face down on the road.
Stopping his motorcycle by the side of the road, he dismounted and asked the woman if she was feeling fine. In response, the woman vomited on the tarmac.
As the woman vomited, Haqem saw her while he was riding his motorcycle. Seeing that the woman was intoxicated, Haqem told Cheong that the woman was his neighbour and called her “Nina” repeatedly. He sought to give Cheong the impression that the woman was his neighbour and that he could be entrusted with bringing her back home. The woman did not respond to the name “Nina” and continued vomiting.
Without a further word to Cheong, Haqem lifted the woman off the road and guided her toward an HDB block. He was struggling to to carry the woman along but declined Cheong’s offer of help and shooed him away.
Haqem brought the woman to a staircase landing between the 11th and 12th floor of the block in order to isolate her, according to the prosecution. His actions were captured on a police camera.
As the woman slipped in and out of consciousness, Haqem lay her against the stairs and unbuttoned her dress. He then pushed the woman’s legs apart and attempted to molest her but he was pushed away by her.
Haqem then positioned his hips between the woman’s legs and moved towards her.
Meanwhile, Cheong found it odd that Haqem had not parked his motorcycle in the carpark before helping the woman. He became suspicious as Haqem was taking a long time to return to his motorcycle.
Cheong then took the lift up and began descending the stairs to look for Haqem and the woman. He came upon Haqem’s attempts on the woman and shouted at him. In response, Haqem stood up, zipped his pants hurriedly and left the scene.
After attending to the victim, Cheong called the police.
Apart from his sexual offences, Haqem stole bicycles belonging to others. He attempted to sell a stolen bicycle on Carousell but was caught when the police feigned interest in the sale and ambushed him.
Haqem also changed the password of a Facebook account belonging to an ex-girlfriend less than a week after they broke up. He did this so as to access her Facebook and read her messages to her friends.
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