Five men, aged between 26 and 50, will be charged in court on 12 July 2019 for five separate cases of outrage of modesty, reported between February and May 2019.
The brief details of the five cases are as follows:
On 24 February 2019, a 24-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 50-year-old man along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4;
On 5 March 2019, a 22-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 37-year-old man on two separate occasions in December 2018 and January 2019 in the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio MRT Station;
On 13 March 2019, a 40-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 32-year-old man along Woodlands Avenue 6;
On 28 March 2019, a 22-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 26-year-old man along Orchard Road; and
On 28 May 2019, a 40-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 33-year-old man along Woodlands Avenue 6.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to any suspicious person(s);
Avoid walking through dimly-lit and secluded places or taking the lift with a stranger;
Carry along with you a shrill alarm; and
If you are molested, seek help immediately from those around you. Take note of the prominent features and attire of the suspect as well as the direction in which he or she went. Call '999' as soon as possible to increase the chances of apprehending the suspect early. If it is safe to do so, the victim or other witnesses of the crime may assist to detain the suspect while waiting for the Police to arrive.
Anyone convicted of outrage of modesty under Section 354(1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with caning, or with any combination of such punishments. If the victim is under 14 years of age, the maximum imprisonment term will be increased to five years. The Police would also like to highlight that the commission of such an offence on board public transport is an aggravating factor that may result in a higher sentence.
Source: Singapore Police Force