Man gets 9 months' jail for groping woman

SINGAPORE - He was cycling on a pavement at night when he grabbed a passer-by's breast and sped off.

The woman screamed at him, but he did not stop.

For this act, Benny Tan Mien Kiat, 22, was sentenced to nine months' jail on Wednesday (Dec 7).

The barista had admitted to groping the breast of the 33-year-old woman while cycling past her along a pavement opposite Sengkang Secondary School between 11.45pm and 11.55pm on April 11, 2016.

Investigations showed that the woman was walking on the pavement after doing grocery shopping when she was molested.

Tan had just finished cycling with a group of acquaintances he had met through Facebook and was heading towards Punggol Road.

He groped her breast over her clothing and sped off on his bicycle. The victim made a police report the next day.

Police managed to identify Tan who was arrested on April 26.

A second charge of grabbing a 23-year-old woman's buttocks at a pavement along Punggol Road at about 12.05am on April 12 was considered during his sentencing.

Tan had been previously sentenced to reformative training for possession of an offensive weapon.

He will start his jail sentence on Dec 23 as he wishes to celebrate his child's first birthday.

He could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined sentence for outrage of modesty.

This article was first published on Dec 7, 2016.
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