Construction worker jailed for molest

Construction worker jailed for molest

SINGAPORE - He had just completed upgrading works in an HDB flat in Tampines on Jan 16 this year.

A woman who lives there said goodbye to him and turned away when suddenly, he slid his hand under her armpit and reached for her breast.

Shocked, she struggled to break free. It was only after she bit his palm in desperation that he released his grip on her.

Vadla Kandappachari, a construction worker from India, was sentenced yesterday to nine months in jail, after pleading guilty to molesting the 43-year-old woman.

Kandappachari, who turned 39 on Thursday, also admitted to one other charge of outraging his victim's modesty by kissing the back of her right palm.

For each charge of outraging the modesty of a person with criminal force, Kandappachari could have been jailed for two years, fined, and caned.

This article was published on April 12 in The New Paper.

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