Corpun file 5722
The New Paper, Singapore, 13 May 2000
Yan Tuck Foo was jailed 18 months. He is to be given nine strokes of the cane for outraging the modesty of the three boys.
He could have been jailed for up to two years and fined or caned.
Scout leader a molester
BY CHUA WEI YNG
HE WAS a scout leader.
As well as a trusted old boy of his school.
But instead of helping the boys learn, Yan Tuck Foo (left), 24, used his position to take advantage of his young charges during a Scouts in-camp in March last year.
On March 14, the second day of the four-day camp, Yan molested three Secondary 1 boys.
Yan had volunteered to help as a Scout leader during the camp, which was held from March 13 to 16 on the school grounds.
The New Paper cannot name the school to protect the identity of the boys.
Yan had told his three victims, all 13 years old, that he wanted to punish them.
He said they had made mistakes during the National Day Parade school practice, even though that practice had taken place two months earlier.
Obediently, the boys followed Yan's instructions.
They were to meet him in an empty room on the third storey of the school building at about 8.30 pm.
On entering, Yan told them to remove their T-shirts and use them to blindfold their eyes.
He then ordered them to kneel on the floor behind a cupboard in the room.
One at a time, he pulled down their shorts and briefs.
Yan then masturbated his first two victims.
But when the third boy complained of pain, he stopped.
Yan told the boys he was only punishing them.
He warned them not to tell anyone about what had happened, and let them go.
Later that night, the boys confided in the teacher who was camp leader.
Together, they called the police and reported Yan to the police.
In court on May 2, Yan, who did not have a lawyer, seemed composed.
He even thanked District Judge Seng Kwang Boon for deferring his sentencing by two weeks as he had to sit for his university examinations.
Corpun file 5725
The New Paper, Singapore, 17 May 2000
MOHD Tajuddin was jailed a total of 42 months, and given 12 strokes of the cane.
For remaining in Singapore after the expiry of his special pass, he could have been jailed up to six months and caned.
For molest and causing hurt in a lift, he could have been jailed up to 10 years and caned.
14 floors up and 7 floors down
BY CHUA WEI YNG
FOR this molest victim, it was a ride through 21 floors of hell.
She was molested in the lift, all the way from the ground floor to the 14th floor. And half-way down again.
The 31-year-old Indonesian maid's ride of terror started early on April 4 this year.
At about 6.15 am, she left her employer's flat on the 15th floor to go to market.
Her employer's mother ran a stall there, and the maid had gone to deliver some flour.
As she reached the ground floor, she noticed Mohd Tajuddin, a Bangladeshi cleaner, sweeping the void deck of the Havelock Road block of flats.
When the maid returned, 10 minutes later, Tajuddin, 27, made his move.
She had already pressed the button for the 14th floor and the lift doors were closing.
Suddenly, Tajuddin pressed the "door open" button and slipped in behind the maid.
When the lift started moving, he started to hug the maid from behind. He also tried to kiss her.
The pale blue lift takes only 40 seconds to reach the top floor, but it must have felt a lot longer as the maid struggled to free herself from her molester's tight grip.
When the lift doors opened on the 14th floor, she tried to dash out, but Tajuddin was faster.
Blocking her path, he pressed the button for the ground floor.
He then continued to hug her from behind and even fondled her breasts.
Luckily for the maid, a resident was waiting for the lift on the seventh floor.
And the resident, who only wanted to be known as Mr Poh, saw Tajuddin molesting the maid through the glass panels of the lift doors.
Mr Poh, 45, recalled: "I got a big shock when I saw the cleaner hugging her. Although I couldn't hear what they were saying, she looked like she was struggling."
As Mr Poh got into the lift, Md Tajuddin suddenly took his hands off the maid and moved aside.
"While we were in the lift, he didn't dare to look at me. The maid didn't say anything, but her eyes were red.
"I too kept quiet because I wasn't sure if they were lovers," Mr Poh, who is unemployed, explained in Mandarin.
When they reached the ground floor, Tajuddin returned to his work, as if nothing had happened.
Terrified, the maid waited at the lobby for a resident to take the lift with her.
And when she returned to her employer's flat, she didn't dare tell anybody about it.
But then, at about 6.45 am, she had to go to the market to deliver more flour.
At the ground floor, she bumped into Mr Poh, who was just returning from breakfast. As the maid did not speak much English, he got another Indonesian maid to translate for him.
Mr Poh said: "I asked her, did the cleaner really touch you? She said yes - many times."
But the maid was worried she might be sent home if she reported the matter to the police.
Mr Poh said: "I told her, don't be afraid. What if you meet him again? This time you can count yourself lucky I saw it and he stopped."
He later accompanied her to Kim Seng Neighbourhood Police Post to make a report.
That same day, police called Tajuddin in and she positively identified her molester.
Tajuddin was also found to have overstayed after his special pass had expired, almost two years ago.
In court on May 4, Tajuddin turned aside with pain written on his face when he heard that he would be caned.
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Corpun file 5720
Straits Times, Singapore, 17 May 2000
CJ turns down appeal for probation of student jailed for three years
He scores distinctions
He is a student leader
He molests 3 girls
By Alethea Lim
ONG Wee Siong, 17, was held up as an exemplary student who scored distinctions. The second-year Temasek Polytechnic engineering student organised a blood donation drive recently.
School angel Ong turned into a serial molester.
But the school angel was a street devil. He terrorised and molested three young girls in lifts in housing estates in Tampines.
He was sentenced to three years' jail and six strokes of the cane by a district court last December. Yesterday, the High Court dismissed his appeal to be put on probation.
Chief Justice Yong Pung How noted that while Ong was "probably quite bright", he saw no reason to treat him leniently as he had molested not one but three girls.
The appellant, he said, could not be put on probation as his crimes are very serious.
The court heard that on Aug 25 last year, Ong entered the lift of a block of flats in Tampines Street 21 with a 12-year-old girl.
When the lift stopped at the sixth floor, he pulled up the girl's skirt. He then ordered her to strip.
When the victim hesitated, he pulled up her shirt and touched her breast before fleeing.
About 1½ weeks later, Ong followed another girl, 13, into a lift in Tampines Street 11.
Again when the lift stopped at the sixth floor, he tried to pull up her shirt and to molest her. When the victim struggled, he threatened to beat her. The girl's screams caused him to flee. Ong also attacked a 10-year-old girl inside a lift. Yesterday, defence lawyer Billy Low, said that his client had never committed any crime, defied authority or mixed with gangsters previously.
He said: "There is ample evidence to indicate that he is a good character and capable of being rehabilitated."
A psychiatrist's report said that Ong had mental stress arising from a quarrel between his parents sometime in March 1998 and he had reacted by "lashing out" and committing the offences.
But Deputy Public Prosecutor Jennifer Marie noted that he had not committed a "one-off" offence.
'A highly responsible student'
HIS teachers described him as a "highly responsible and conscientious" student who excelled in leadership and community work.
Ong was also among the top 10 per cent taking the diploma course in quality engineering and management at Temasek Polytechnic.
A testimonial last October described him as a "natural leader" and a "well-rounded student who can juggle" his studies and extra-curricular activities.
He helped propel the polytechnic's canoe-polo team to second place in a recent competition.
But under all the good grades and sporting glory, there was a dark side. Last year, he molested three young girls in lifts in Tampines.
According to a psychiatric report, he was "sad and unhappy" and afraid his family would break up.
Ong, who has an elder sister and a younger brother, was also described as "socially inept" and as having "low self-esteem".
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