A faith healer who admitted to molesting a 13-year-old boy in his office was jailed for two years on Tuesday.
Mohd Noor Hamid, 65, had been hired by the boy's parents to provide spiritual treatment for their son.
On Aug 21 last year, his mother and elder sister took him to see Noor to celebrate his birthday, with the boy taking with him a pair of sandals as a gift to Noor.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Carene Poh said the victim told them he would be having dinner with Noor at a nearby restaurant and his mother told him to call her after he was done so she could pick him up.
However, the pair stayed in his office at Rawatan Ruqyah Syariah in Joo Chiat Road.
Noor closed the door and told the boy to lie on the carpet to rest. He then lay down next to him and hugged the youngster, kissing him on the cheeks and lips, but the victim pushed him away.
The boy was released when he claimed he had a stomach ache. He then locked himself in a toilet and called his mother. In a whisper, he asked if it was right for Noor to kiss him.
She said no and the scared youngster stayed on the phone with his mother until she arrived. He then ran out and they left to make a police report.
Ms Poh said Noor had abused the trust and authority placed on him by the victim's parents. She also pointed out the significant age gap between the accused and the victim.
Noor, who has convictions dating back to 1982, was previously jailed for five years in 2000 for a similar offence and for unnatural sex.
He could have been jailed for up to five years and/or fined for outrage of modesty.
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