Man gets one day jail for obscene act in public

SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old man has been jailed for a day and fined S$2,000 for rubbing his private parts on the face of a woman in public.

Ho Jue Ting Adonas committed the obscene act at the outdoors seating area of a restaurant in Tanjong Pagar, on December 20, 2013.

Ho was having dinner with a woman — whose identity cannot be published — at about 5.30pm that day.

At about 11pm, after having alcohol, Ho started misbehaving and disturbing other customers at the restaurant.

Ho also pulled down his pants and pushed the woman’s head towards his groin, and refused to stop despite being warned by the restaurant manager.

During sentencing, District Judge Low Wee Ping told Ho what he had done was “shocking”.

The judge said such an act would have attracted caning if the charge had been categorised as an outrage of modesty.

Ho was charged with committing an obscene act in public — an offence that carries a maximum penalty of three months’ jail and a fine.

In passing the sentence, the judge said he wanted Ho to have a taste of how it feels like to be behind bars.

He also urged Ho to give up drinking alcohol as he seems to be unable to control himself after being drunk.

– AFP/nd

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