Molest arrest in Singapore

An Indian national was today sentenced to seven months in jail in Singapore with three strokes of the cane for molesting a nurse employed to look after his cancer-stricken wife.

  • Published 14.10.17
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Singapore, Oct. 13 (PTI): An Indian national was today sentenced to seven months in jail in Singapore with three strokes of the cane for molesting a nurse employed to look after his cancer-stricken wife.

District judge Mathew Joseph chided businessman Pillai Shyam Kumar Sadashivan, 47, calling his actions "abhorrent and repugnant".

"The victim was a professional nurse looking after your sick wife... (not to) provide non-nursing services, contrary to what you expected. This is Singapore. We have different standards here," the Straits Times quoted the judge as saying.

Pillai, who runs a steel trading company in Dubai, initially sought a trial but decided to plead guilty on the first day of the hearing in August. He admitted to molesting the then 25-year-old Singaporean nurse and insulting her modesty.

A second count of insulting the woman's modesty was taken into consideration during sentencing. Pillai had come to Singapore with his wife to seek medical treatment, according to the report.

He committed the offences on December 14 last year, just three days after the nurse started working there.

His wife was asleep in her bedroom when Pillai invited the nurse to sit with him in the living room.

"The accused steered the conversation towards sexual matters. The accused stated that he had not had sexual intercourse with his wife for the past months due to her illness and claimed that the girls in Dubai provide extra services. He asked the victim if Singaporean girls are the same," deputy public prosecutor Gail Wong said. Pillai molested her after she declined.

Wong said that as a result of the incident, the traumatised woman had to seek counselling and could not return to her nursing job for a while.

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