A TAXI driver who molested a string of women passengers - one of them while she was throwing up - was yesterday jailed for nine months.
Ang Wei Leong, a 37-year-old married father of one, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting or using criminal force with the intent to outrage the modesty of another person.
Charges involving three other women, along with one charge of theft, were taken into consideration.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Jeremy Pereira said Ang and his wife are currently unemployed, and they have to look after their Primary 6 son, and elderly parents who have diabetes and high blood pressure.
But District Judge Michelle Yap said the nine-month sentence was needed to maintain confidence in Singapore's public transport.
At about 5.30am on June 9 last year, one of the women, 42, boarded Ang's taxi in the Orchard Road area and told him to drive to her home in Yishun Street 22.
Ang told her he had two bottles of beer in the boot and asked if she wanted to find a place to drink with him.
But that did not stop him.
He drove to the Yishun Dam along Yishun Avenue 1 and went to the boot to get the beer.
Fearing for her safety, the victim got off the taxi and sat on a kerb.
Ang sat next to her. He hugged her and tried to kiss her face but she pushed him away.
They returned to the taxi after Ang finished the beer and he drove her home. On the way home, the woman messaged her friend for help.
The other case happened the year before on Oct 31. About 4.40am, the victim and her friend took his taxi at Clarke Quay.
Ang sent the friend home first.
The victim, 31, was sleeping in the back seat when he stopped the taxi. He turned around in the driver's seat and used his hand to rub her left breast.
The woman woke up and said she felt like throwing up, having had some drinks earlier.
Ang went to the back of the taxi and passed her a plastic bag.
While she was throwing up, he squeezed her breasts a few times. He stopped only when she opened the door and threw up.
He then drove her home.
For the offence of using criminal force with intent to outrage the modesty of someone, he could have been jailed up to two years, caned and fined.
This article was first published on March 27, 2015.
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