He grabbed, kissed girl outside lift

A waiter who molested a 17-year-old girl was sentenced to five years' corrective training and three strokes of the cane yesterday.

Hamzah Hambali, 29, had initially pleaded not guilty to the use of criminal force to molest his victim.

But the court ruled against him after a trial, which lasted about 1½ days, earlier this month.

The prosecution stated that Hamzah had followed his victim into a lift at a HDB block in the east at about midnight on May 2.

As she walked out of the lift, he pulled her hair from behind and touched her breast, said the prosecution.

She turned around and screamed.

Hamzah then grabbed the girl's waist and kissed her on the mouth as she continued to yell and struggle.

Finally, he pushed her onto the floor.

The prosecution said nearby security cameras did not capture the act of molest, although the pushing was recorded.

Hamzah's defence during the trial was that he had only intended to push the victim.

The court also heard that Hamzah had been in trouble with the law since 1999 for molest, housebreaking and vandalism.

Yesterday, Hamzah, who was unrepresented, said in mitigation that he was remorseful and pleaded for leniency.

District Judge Liew Thiam Leng said Hamzah could possibly reoffend, and it was the court's view that corrective training - a tough prison regime for repeat offenders without remission for good behaviour - was suitable.

This article was first published on Dec 24, 2014. Get The New Paper for more stories.