NS man robbed and molested 14-year-old girl
Full-time national serviceman who preyed on teenage girls was jailed for seven years and sentenced to 24 strokes of the cane yesterday. Lee Ling Soon, 22, went to a housing estate next to his camp, where he robbed and molested a 14-year-old girl in a lift, a district court heard.
Lee, who also tried to rob an 11-year-old girl some four hours later, pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of armed robbery and molest.
The court heard that Lee, who was working as a technician in the Kiat Hong Camp at Choa Chu Kang Road, decided to rob someone because he needed money. He walked to the housing estate nearby looking for a "target".
At about 3 pm, Lee spotted the 14-year-old walking along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2. He followed her to a block and got into a lift with her. There, he grabbed her and flashed a penknife. He pushed her to the floor, squeezed her breasts and touched her private parts.
The girl struggled and tried to escape but Lee held onto her. When she cried for help, Lee got angry and punched her in the face. He ordered her to be quiet and molested her again. After that, he made off with her bag, but it contained no valuables.
Some four hours later, Lee, who was still loitering in the area, spotted another girl at the void deck of a block. He followed her into a lift and put the penknife to her neck. The girl struggled and shouted for help.
She escaped when the lift door opened. Her father, who heard her cries, chased and caught Lee.
In mitigation, Lee's lawyer, Mr James Chai, said his client, a first offender, committed the offences on impulse and because he needed money.
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