Man arrested for molest of woman on MRT train

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 17-year-old who is believed to be responsible for a case of outrage of modesty committed on board an MRT train.

On Aug 13, 2013 at about 8.20pm, police were informed of a case of outrage of modesty that had occurred on board a north-bound MRT train. Officers from the Police Transport Security Command and Ang Mo Kio Police Division responded swiftly and the suspect was placed under arrest for Outrage of Modesty. Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim had raised the alarm and informed a fellow passenger on the train when she felt her modesty was being outraged by the suspect. The passenger then assisted to detain the suspect together with the train station staff until police arrival shortly after.

Investigations against the suspect are on-going. An offence of Outrage of Modesty carries a jail term up to 2 years, or fined and also be liable to caning, upon conviction.

Commander of Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police (AC) Keok Tong San, commended the passenger who detained the suspect, as well as the assistance rendered by the MRT staff at the station, which resulted in the arrest of the suspect. AC Keok also advised the public to stay vigilant at all times and remain calm should they encounter such crimes while travelling on public transport. They should raise the alarm immediately for other members of public to help, call '999' and inform the bus/train driver immediately to report the matter.

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