Smiling KL flasher jailed 14 days for 'showing off'

Smiling KL flasher jailed 14 days for 'showing off'
A labourer per­­­­­­sistently followed a woman, tapped on her shoulder and smiled as he flashed his private parts at her.

KUALA LUMPUR - A labourer per­­­­­­sistently followed a woman, tapped on her shoulder and smiled as he flashed his private parts at her.

Mohd Ali Tampil, 22, who did this in a busy, open area in front of a shopping mall here, will now spend 14 days in jail.

He was also ordered to pay a RM3,000 (S$1,092) fine.

Wearing a black singlet with blue jeans and brown slippers, Mohd Ali looked distressed as the charge was read out to him.

He turned to look at his family members seated in the gallery when asked whether he wanted to plead guilty or not.

The Sabahan then nodded and pleaded guilty to the charge of insulting the modesty of the 23-year-old woman.

The woman, a graphic designer from Klang, was waiting for her cousin to pick her up in front of the mall at about 7.40pm on June 1 when Mohd Ali approached her.

He began speaking to her, but she could not hear what he said as she was using earphones at the time.

At first she ignored him, but after a while she became worried and tried to move away from him, but he followed her.

He tapped her on her shoulder once, and she ignored him, but he continued following her and tapped on her shoulder again.

This time, she turned around and saw Mohd Ali smiling, while ­showing her his private parts.

The woman was shocked and ran towards a crowded area.

When she turned back to look, she saw that Mohd Ali had been caught by several passers-by and the police arrived soon after.

DPP Raihanah Abd Razak said the fact that Mohd Ali had ­persistently followed his victim showed that he had intention to commit the offence.

"It happened in a tourist area and this is shameful for the country.

"We also must consider the trauma the victim had," said Raihanah who sought a jail sentence.

Magistrate Saifulakmal Said told Mohd Ali that what he had done was serious and was a sexual crime.

"You can't go around showing your private parts - that is why it is called "private parts".

"I hope with this punishment, you will learn and repent," he said.

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