Man arrested for aggravated outrage of modesty

Man arrested for aggravated outrage of modesty

SINGAPORE - A 31-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in several Aggravated Outrage of Modesty cases.

According to a police press statement, 3 reports of cases of Aggravated Outrage of Modesty was received by police in March, April and August 2014, involving females who were attacked by an unknown male person in the Woodlands public housing estate.

After conducting investigations and mounting ground operations, the identity of the culprit for the three cases was established, and he was arrested in the vicinity of Kranji Road at about 8.25pm on Oct 28.

The suspect will be charged in court on Oct 30. If convicted under the offence of Outrage of Modesty, he may be jailed for between 2 and 10 years, and face caning.

The police also advises members of the public to stay vigilant of their surroundings, and take the following precautions to minimise the risks of becoming a victim:

a. Be wary of strangers who approach you in crowded areas;

b. Stay close to your friends or move around in groups when in crowded places;

c. Be aware and alert of your surroundings. If someone stands exceptionally close to you, or if you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm and proceed to a crowded area or call the Police for assistance;

d. Avoid taking short-cuts through dark and deserted places. Keep to well-lit areas where there are more people and traffic;

e. Do not enter the lift with a stranger. Let the stranger take the lift and wait for the next one;

f. Where possible, do not nap whilst travelling on public transport;

g. When coming home late at night, get someone to escort you home; and

h. If you are molested, immediately shout for help or activate your shrill alarm. Take note of the description of the culprit, the direction and mode of escape taken by the culprit. Call '999' as soon as it is safe to do so.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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