27 year-old Zhang Tao, a PRC student who entered his co-tenant’s room while she was sleeping and used his fingers to violate the woman, was sentenced to just 7 months jail on Wednesday. This was after a second charge of criminal trespass was taken into consideration.
The Chinese national admitted before the court to using his fingers to molest the 28 year-old woman, a married woman also from the PRC, while she slept in t he master bedroom at an apartment block in Geylang on 25 Apr.
The woman and her husband, both from China, had returned to their rental bedroom after 3AM that day. The woman’s husband was unable to sleep so he went for a drink nearby. The woman, who was clad in a T-shirt and panties, went to sleep, but accidentally left her door unlocked.
She woke up with a start when she felt someone stroking her. She opened her eyes and saw Zhang squatting at the edge of her bed and recognized him. She asked him what he was doing in her room but he did not answer. She then told him to leave and called her husband, who came home and confronted Zhang before calling the police.
The prosecution revealed that Zhang had become aroused when he heard another tenant having sex, so he decided to molest the victim as he knew she was sleeping alone.
Zhang’s lawyer pleaded for leniency and said the offence was out of character for Zhang, and that he was genuinely remorseful.
Zhang’s sentence was backdated to to 26 Apr. He could have been jailed for up to 2 years, fined, caned or a combination.