SINGAPORE - Winston Lee Siew Boon, 70, was found guilty on Friday of touching the breast of a then 34-year-old sales representative at his Thong Hoe Clinic at Bukit Batok Street 11 on Oct 30, 2011 and June 8 in the same year.
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Doc 'only touched patient's sternum'
By Elena Chong, The Straits Times, published on Jan 12, 2014
THE veteran doctor and motoring writer accused of inserting his hand into a patient's bra placed his clenched fist only on her sternum - over her clothes, his receptionist said yesterday.
Madam Linda Ang Hong Leay, 54, said she was waiting to talk to 70-year-old doctor Winston Lee Siew Boon when she saw him with the complainant through his consultation room window.
Madam Ang said the GP performed a "pinch test" on the sales representative when she lifted her blouse to her navel, then told her she was not fat. The part-time clinic nurse said she then heard the woman ask Lee what chest pain felt like.
At this point, the defence witness said Lee placed his fist on his sternum. When the woman asked on which side the pain would be, he placed his clenched fist on the left side of her sternum - or breastbone - and she nodded her head.
Lee, a father of two and long-time contributor of motoring articles to The Straits Times' Life section and Torque magazine, has denied molesting the woman on Oct 30, 2011, and on June 8 that year at Thong Hoe Clinic in Bukit Batok.
Madam Ang, who also works as an assistant director of human resources at the Tanglin Trust School, said she felt the alleged incidents could be a "misunderstanding". She said she was "shocked" to hear of the woman's allegations and added that the doctor was "very upset". "I told him: 'It is ridiculous. How can this happen?'" she said.
But Deputy Public Prosecutor Sarah Ong said Madam Ang was "fabricating" her story and was biased towards Lee, for whom she has worked part-time for 37 years. Madam Ang denied this and said: "I'm here to tell the truth."
The trial will enter its seventh day today.