A MALAYSIAN waiter working in Singapore was charged in court for asking an underage girl to take off her clothes and insert her finger into her genitals.
Sin Chew Daily reported that Pan Hock Hoon, 25, was charged on Thursday on six counts, including sexually harassing the minor, inducing sexual acts and possession of pornography.
It was reported that Pan befriended the 13-year-old girl via the Internet.
In September 2008, he allegedly asked the girl to remove her clothes at a flat. He also asked her to touch her breasts and put her finger into her genitals.
For the offence, he faces a jail term of up to five years, a fine or both.
The accused has also been charged with sexually harassing another girl whom he befriended through the Internet in October of the same year.
He faces a jail term of up to 10 years, a fine or both. A pre-trial was set for Aug 16.
> The same daily also reported that a 48-year-old Singaporean who has been living in Terengganu since the age of one was fined S$5,000 (RM11,663) for not doing National Service (NS).
Seow Wei Sin left Singapore in 1962 with his parents. He became a Malaysian permanent resident when he was 17.
He returned to Singapore for the first time last year and was charged in court for not doing NS when he was aged between 16 and 40.
The daily reported that he was initially sentenced to 18 months’ jail.
However, the Singapore High Court allowed his appeal and he was fined instead. It was reported that the judge had considered the fact that Seow was staying in Malaysia and was ignorant of NS.
The judge deemed that Seow did not take advantage of the privileges available to Singaporeans.
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