Doc who molested patient charged with making false declaration

Doc who molested patient charged with making false declaration

SINGAPORE - A veteran doctor and motoring writer already convicted of molesting a patient was charged yesterday with knowingly making a false declaration when trying to get his practising certificate.

Winston Lee Siew Boon, 70, is accused of stating that he had not been the subject of an inquiry nor any police probe since his last declaration, which he knew to be false.

The alleged offence was made in writing on July 23 last year to the Singapore Medical Council when he tried to get a practising certificate under the Medical Registration Act.

The doctor of 40 years was charged in April last year with molesting a 34-year-old sales representative in June and October 2011.

After a seven-day trial, which started last November, District Judge Lim Tse Haw convicted him last month of squeezing the woman's breast at Thong Hoe Clinic in Bukit Batok Street 11.

The judge found the complainant's evidence to be "unusually convincing" and her emotion, "real and telling".

He agreed with the prosecution that the complainant had no motive to bring false allegations against Lee.

Lee, he said, had been an untruthful witness. His mitigation plea will be heard on Wednesday.

Yesterday, his lawyer Charles Lin asked for a pre-trial conference, and said he would be making representations on the latest charge. The case is fixed for a pre-trial conference on May 16.

Under the Medical Registration Act, the maximum penalty for making a fraudulent declaration is a $10,000 fine and two years in jail.

This article was published on April 17 in The Straits Times.

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