SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): A security guard who was supposed to ensure the safety of residents at a new Choa Chu Kang executive condominium (EC) instead allegedly broke in and molested one of them.
Early on Sunday morning (Nov 4), the man sneaked into a Wandervale EC unit through a window, Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.
Upon hearing movement in her home, an elderly resident of the unit decided to investigate her grandchildren's room, where her maid also sleeps.
She found the intruder lying on top of her maid, with her clothes cut open and crying out for help. She told Wanbao that the man was threatening the maid with a pair of scissors.
The elderly resident, who did not wish to be named, said that the man then ran and escaped through the front door as she tried to get assistance from her neighbours.
The police told The Straits Times that they were alerted to a case of aggravated outrage of modesty at 365 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 at 5.37am. A 32-year-old man was arrested in relation to the case, the police added.
ST understands that the man is Singaporean.
In a statement on Sunday night, the police said that officers from Jurong Police Division and the Special Operations Command (SOC) arrested him at the carpark of the residential development at about 11.40am.
The man is expected to be charged in court on Monday with aggravated outrage of modesty, the police said.
If convicted, he could be jailed between two and 10 years, and caned.
Aggravated outrage of modesty is where fear of death, hurt, or wrongful restraint is caused to the victim, or if the offence is committed in a lift or against a child under 14.
In a photo provided by a Wanbao reader, the suspect is seen without a shirt. It is understood that the suspect had been hiding in the EC's carpark.
A Wandervale resident who did not wish to be named estimated that up to 50 police officers and 17 vehicles, including four from the SOC, were at the site.
He also noted that the EC had gained its Temporary Occupation Permit in March.
ST understands that the large number of officers was dispatched to adequately cover the entire area of the property.
Information on real estate portal SRX indicates that Wandervale EC has 36 blocks with 534 units, and includes a surface carpark, an outdoor fitness area and at least five pools, including a lap pool and a wellness gym pool.
Police investigations are ongoing. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network