03 Jan '12, 10am

Man jailed for molesting girl in forest

Man jailed for molesting girl in forest

SINGAPORE: He told her that they were going to meet his friends at a secluded forested area near Mandai Road. But it quickly turned into a nightmare for a 16-year-old girl, who had to cover herself in newspapers and seek help after she was stripped naked and molested by a 58-year-old man. Tan Leng Hwa, who was 42-years-old at the time of the 1996 offence, was jailed four years and two months on Tuesday for one count of aggravated outrage of modesty. Tan, who was charged for the offence in 1997, was also found guilty of a second charge of failure to attend court that year, after he left Singapore for Johor Bahru and absconded bail for 14 years. The court heard Tan had befriended the girl, who was a secondary school student then, at a block in Marsiling Lane in 1996. Sometime later that year, he drove her to a dark forested area off Mandai Road, under the pretext that they w...

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