Man given 10 months’ jail for molesting pregnant woman and maid
A 28-year-old man by the name of Manikam Sandar was sentenced to 10 months’ jail on Thursday, 14 December 2017 after pleading guilty to two counts of outrage of modesty. Two other charges for molestation were also taken into account during sentencing.
The two incidents took place within a space of one hour between them.
Manikam first followed a 30-year-old Burmese maid into a lift at a block of flats at Clementi. As the lift travelled upwards, Manikam molested the maid. In response, the woman yelled and pushed him away.
Said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Siti Adrianni Marhain, the first victim cowered on the ground and struggled as the accused continued touching her. As she got up to exit the lift, Manikam continued to molest her.
Half an hour later, Manikam followed a 27-year-old housewife into a lift in West Coast Rd and molested her as the lift was travelling.
Said DPP Siti Adrianni, the second victim cowered on the ground and told the accused that she is pregnant. DPP Siti added that the accused responded by slapping his forehead while muttering to himself, before exiting the lift.
Both incidents were captured on closed-circuit television, and Manikam was arrested at around 7pm on the same day, after both women made their police reports.
Manikam claimed he had drunk five cans of beer prior the occurrence of both incidents of molestation. For each count of outrage of modesty, he could have been jailed up to two years, and fined or caned.
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