Man ‘drops in’ and lands in trouble

A DISTRICT court was on Thursday witness to a case in which the phrase “dropping in” acquired a strange, new twist. 

Lim Kwok Keng, 30, not only found himself in the company of a screaming woman but also in big trouble when he suddenly dropped in on her through a gap in the false ceiling of a cubicle in a women's toilet on March 6, the court heard. 

On Thursday, he was brought before the court to stand trial on a charge of molestation and a count of criminal trespass. 

The woman, a 23-year-old clerk who was taking a course at a private school, was using the toilet when Lim suddenly dropped in from above. 

She said that Lim jumped down from the false ceiling, cupped her mouth with his hand, pinned her down on the floor and told her to be quiet. 

He allegedly punched her in the face when she ignored his warning. 

The woman also said he kissed her on her neck and cheek. 

She said he stopped only when someone knocked on the toilet door. The man at the door detained Lim with the help of some others.  

But Lim, who did not have a lawyer, denied the allegations. 

His story was that he fell into the women's toilet while looking for a bottle of cough syrup that he had kept in the false ceiling. 

Lim disputed the woman's version of the incident. 

He said that he fell, landed on the woman, stood up immediately and tried to climb back up the way he came. 

He denied kissing the woman and maintained that he did not punch her. He said he had hit her with his elbow when he tried to swing his arm free from her grasp. 

Lim, who has a personality disorder and borderline intelligence, told the police that he was homeless and kept his belongings in the false ceiling above the men's toilet. 

However, a police officer who was at the scene testified that he did not see any broken pieces of the false ceiling on the floor, which would have indicated that Lim had accidentally crashed through. 

The policeman said that he could not find anything – including cough syrup –in the false ceiling. 

The hearing continues. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network 

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