Hotel trainee molested colleague

A hotel management trainee from India was jailed for five months yesterday for molesting a fellow staff member at the hotel where they both worked.

Sethuraman Thirumeni, 33, had admitted to grabbing the arms of the 36-year-old victim, kissing her and squeezing her breast in a hotel room on May 2.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Daphne Lim said the victim was told by her room service manager to clear the plates along the hotel's seventh-floor corridor.

While there, she saw Thirumeni who told her that there were plates to be collected from a room. She followed him into the room while still holding the plates she had earlier collected.

When she realised that there were no plates in the room, she tried to leave. Thirumeni prevented her from doing so and grabbed her arms.

She then pushed Thirumeni away and bent down in an attempt to prevent him from kissing her. But he managed to kiss her on the cheeks and used his left hand to squeeze her breast.

The victim put up a struggle and managed to break free from Thirumeni.

Ms Lim said the victim looked pale and was shivering when she recounted the incident to her manager. The victim lodged a police report that evening.

District Judge Mathew Joseph said the aggravating factor in the offence was that it was pre-planned.

Thirumeni, who has been jobless since around the time of the offence, became a father recently when his wife gave birth to their first child in India.

He could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or any combined punishment.

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