Attracted to a girl’s physical appearance, a 19-year-old youth followed her with the intention to befriend her but he ended up molesting her.
Mohamed Taufiq Bin Mohamed Yusof, who was working as a waiter, was on Tuesday (2 May) given 24 months of probation for touching the buttocks of a 15-year-old girl. He was also ordered to give 60 hours of community service and be placed on a $5,000 bond. The names and the location of the offence cannot be revealed due to a gag order.
Taufiq pleaded guilty to one molestation charge in the State Courts. Two other similarly charges on separate occasions with two other victims were taken into consideration.
Investigations showed that the offence took place on 16 February 2015, when the girl was walking home from school. While walking past a coffeeshop, the girl noticed Taufiq following her. Taufiq decided to follow the girl as he found her attractive and wanted to befriend her.
The girl reached a lift landing and took the lift to the second floor, where Taufiq, who had taken the staircase, approached her. He asked for her phone number but the girl declined and walked past him.
It was then that Taufiq tapped her once on the left side of her buttock with his right palm. Taufiq then apologised and walked into the lift. According to court documents, the girl felt scared and angry. On returning home, she told her mother about the incident and lodged a police report.
For using criminal force with the intent to outrage the modesty of a woman, Taufiq could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, or caned, or with any combination of the punishments.