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LITTLEREDDOT

Alfrescian (Inf)
Asset
Police report: 22 Jun 2019
First conviction: Aug 2023
Second conviction and sentence: 3 Nov 2023
In total, 4 years 4 months and 13 days for a simple molestation case.

In the meantime, COVID-19 came and went. SG and world went into lockdown and emerged from lockdown.

Private tutor, 57, sentenced to 53 months’ jail for molesting two of his male pupils​

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Sou Kum Choi pleaded guilty to one charge of molesting an 11-year-old boy on Nov 3. He had earlier been convicted in August of molesting another victim. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
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Samuel Devaraj

NOV 3, 2023

SINGAPORE – A private tutor who molested two of his male pupils was sentenced to 53 months’ jail on Friday.
Sou Kum Choi, 57, pleaded guilty on Friday to one charge of molesting an 11-year-old boy in 2018 and consented for three molestation charges against the same victim to be taken into consideration during his sentencing.
In August, he was convicted after a trial on two other charges of molestation against the second victim, who was between 10 and 12 years old at the time of the alleged offences, which occurred between 2014 and 2016.
Deputy public prosecutors Jane Lim and Adelle Tai described Sou’s behaviour as reprehensible and had asked the court to impose a sentence of 50 to 54 months’ jail, and another 3½ months’ imprisonment in lieu of eight strokes of the cane.
Sou cannot be caned as he is above 50 years old.
The prosecutors highlighted his previous conviction in 2006, when he was convicted on three counts of outrage of modesty for having molested another minor under the cover of private tuition. He served a 10-month jail term for that case.
The DPPs asked for the sentence for his latest offences to “reflect society’s degree of disapprobation towards such heinous conduct, to deter like-minded offenders from ever venturing down the same path, and deter the accused himself from ever tormenting another child”.


The DPPs said Sou was introduced to the first victim’s parents by their neighbours and he started tutoring the boy in June 2015.
Sou taught the victim English, mathematics, science and Chinese and had classes about two to three times a week at the victim’s home.
The lessons would either be held in a bedroom or in the living room, and the victim’s grandparents would usually be present.

From April 2016 to April 2018, the accused had molested the victim at least 20 times.
He had also kissed the victim on the cheek on at least four occasions, starting from early 2019. Sou tried to kiss the boy on six other occasions but was unsuccessful as the victim quickly moved away.
The offences came to light on June 22, 2019 – three days after the last molestation incident – when the victim disclosed to his mother that Sou had touched his arms, legs and thighs during their tuition lessons.
As the victim told his mother about Sou’s actions, he started crying.
The next day, he went with his parents to lodge a police report.

Sou was the private tutor of the second victim when the boy was in Primary 4 to Primary 6. He would tutor the boy up to three times a week and the classes were held in the boy’s room.
The pair would sit next to each other at a study table with the room door closed.
The prosecutors told the judge: “Bent solely on satisfying his selfish lust, the accused made sexual advances against the victim.”
Sou stroked the boy’s thigh on one occasion.
During the trial, the victim, now a teenager, was asked why he did not shout for help to alert anyone about what was happening.
He replied that he was confused and was “not sure of what was going on”.
The DPPs said that this is understandable given that he was only between 10 and 12 years old at the time.
Sou, who was represented by lawyer Kalaithasan Karuppaya, had denied stroking the victim’s thigh.
Instead, the offender claimed that he only tapped his pupil’s leg because the boy was distracted by his Pokemon cards or mobile phone.
For each count of molesting a child below 14 years old, Sou could have been jailed for up to five years, fined, or both.
 

LITTLEREDDOT

Alfrescian (Inf)
Asset
Resigned on 31 Dec 2019.
Charged in 2021.
Convicted on Nov 14, 2023.
2 years elapsed between his resignation and being charged.
Another 2 years elapsed before his conviction.
Total: almost 4 years.

Ex-senior executive at Certis Cisco who obtained bribes in the form of loans totalling $83k gets jail​

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Alvin Lee May Sim at the State Courts on Oct 27. Lee admitted on Nov 14 that he had obtained bribes in the form of loans totalling $83,000. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Shaffiq Alkhatib
Court Correspondent

Nov 14, 2023

SINGAPORE - A former senior executive with security services company Certis Cisco Protection Services (CCPS) admitted on Tuesday that he had obtained bribes in the form of loans totalling $83,000.
Court documents stated that, among other things, Alvin Lee May Sim obtained bribes from Nazarisham Mohamad Isa and Abdul Razeez Mohamad Rasit as inducements to advance the business interests of the pair’s firm with CCPS.
On Tuesday, Lee, 43, pleaded guilty to six charges, mainly those under the Prevention of Corruption Act, and was sentenced to a year in jail.
He was also ordered to pay a penalty of nearly $79,700 and will spend an additional six weeks behind bars if he fails to fork out the amount.
The cases involving Razeez, 37, and Nazarisham, 44, are pending.
In an earlier statement, Certis said Lee was removed from all duties immediately when it learnt that he would be investigated by the authorities. He resigned on Dec 31, 2019.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Thiagesh Sukumaran and Tay Zhi Jie said that CCPS is a firm in the Certis Cisco group of companies.

Lee started working for the group in 2009 and was a business development manager with Certis Cisco Security from April 16 that year.
He was deployed to CCPS as a senior manager in January 2014.
In early 2017, CCPS started a new business model called the Resource Partner Scheme, in which the firm outsourced the provision of security services to third-party security agencies.

To do so, CCPS would sign a resource partnership agreement (RPA) with a third-party security agency and engage it as a resource partner to provide manpower to CCPS at agreed rates.
Lee was responsible for finding security agencies to sign RPAs with CCPS. He was also responsible for recommending resource partners to a panel in CCPS to perform the outsourced jobs.
Nazarisham was the director of Gates PCM Integrated Services (GPIS), a company in the business of providing security services.
After GPIS became a resource partner with CCPS, the pair engaged in conversations over WhatsApp, where Nazarisham occasionally boasted about his aggressive business plans, including gold mining and the performance of government contracts in Indonesia.
Lee then formed an impression that Nazarisham was very wealthy, based on these interactions.
In October 2017, Nazarisham set up a company called Scar Services, which provided security services. He and Razeez were shareholders of the firm.

Scar was later approved as a resource partner.
Lee, who was facing financial woes, then decided to obtain loans from Nazarisham to pay his bills.
Referring to Nazarisham as “Naza”, the DPPs said: “Alvin knew that Naza was likely to provide loans to him because he was representing CCPS and was in a position to advance the business interests of Scar with CCPS.
“Alvin also knew that it was a conflict of interest to obtain loans from Naza as Scar was (a resource partner) with CCPS.”
Some time around November 2017, Lee asked for a $15,000 loan from Nazarisham.
According to court documents, Nazarisham asked his wife to transfer the amount to Lee later that month.
The DPPs said that Lee asked for more loans from Nazarisham and Razeez after receiving the $15,000.
To date, Lee has returned more than $3,300 to Nazarisham.
Court documents did not disclose how the offences came to light but all three Singaporean men were charged in court in 2021.
Lee’s bail was set at $50,000 on Tuesday and he is expected to surrender himself at the State Courts on Jan 2, 2024 to begin his jail term.
 

LITTLEREDDOT

Alfrescian (Inf)
Asset
Offence took place on 13 Nov 2022.
He was charged on 15 Nov 2022.
He pleaded guilty on 10 January 2024.
That is a total of almost 1 year 2 months.
Why so long?
Attorney General has to pass the case to MINDEF for review and comments?
And MINDEF has to pass the case to PM for review and get permission to proceed?

Man who was RSAF helicopter pilot admits to molesting student at NTU dorm​

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Neo Aik Chiao pleaded guilty to one charge of using criminal force with the intent to outrage the modesty of the woman and another for criminal trespass. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
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Samuel Devaraj

Jan 10, 2024

SINGAPORE - A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopter pilot, who held the rank of lieutenant-colonel, admitted in court on Jan 10 to molesting a female student at a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) dormitory in 2022.
Neo Aik Chiao, 47, pleaded guilty to one charge of using criminal force with the intent to outrage the modesty of the 21-year-old woman and another for criminal trespass.
Neo had entered the victim’s room, which was located on a floor meant for female students exclusively. There is a gag order on the victim and the specific location of the incident.
According to court documents, he accessed the dormitory rooms of two women, aged 18 and 21, on Nov 13.
A second criminal trespass charge will be taken into consideration during Neo’s sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb 21.
In a statement after he was charged in November 2023, the Ministry of Defence said Neo has been suspended from all duties.
The ministry also said that it would carefully assess the eventual findings before deciding on further appropriate actions.

The accused’s lawyers Mr Sunil Sudheesan and Ms Joyce Khoo, from Quahe Woo & Palmer, said Neo decided to go to NTU, his alma mater, to seek emotional comfort as the institution represented “a place of fond memories and familiarity”.
They said Neo had been in a low mood since his godfather, whom he was very close to, died on June 30, 2022.
The lawyers said that before committing the offences, Neo drank beer and planned to visit his godfather’s home to seek solace, but ended up at NTU instead.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Shiau Yin said Neo’s victim was in lying on her bed, eating some snacks and using her phone, at about 2am on Nov 13, 2022, when she heard a knock on her door.
Before she could react, Neo opened the door. He spoke to her briefly, before entering the room without her permission.
Neo then closed the door behind him, and locked it.
He sat on the student’s bed and told her that he was tired as he had just climbed many flights of stairs.
Said DPP Wong: “The victim felt puzzled by the accused’s actions but did not react as he looked tired and was sweating profusely.”

Neo asked the student for some drinks, and she directed him to a water cooler on another level.
Instead of leaving, Neo continued to sit on her bed and asked for directions to Hall 10 and Hall 14, saying that he was looking for a friend who was residing at one of the blocks.
The student provided directions, but Neo then asked for directions to other halls.
He also asked her some personal questions, like where she was from and what she was studying.
After the victim replied that she was from Jiangsu province in China, Neo continued quizzing her about her course of study, her name, and other personal information.
He then asked the student her if she wanted to earn some extra income and “accompany” him for $1,000.
“At this point, the victim felt uncomfortable as the accused was making a sexual proposition,” said DPP Wong.
The student rejected Neo by saying that she did not need the money and told him to leave her room. Instead, Neo touched her left thigh.
After the student repeated her request for him to leave her room, Neo stood up from the bed, walked towards her and touched her left arm.
He placed his hands on her shoulders and said in Mandarin: “Is $1,000 ok? Can you accompany me?”.
Scared, the victim pushed Neo away and shouted for him to leave the room.
Neo eventually walked to the door and told the student the door was locked and that he could not open it.

The student then took out her phone intending to call her friend and when Neo saw this, he unlocked the door and left the room.
The student called campus security and made a police report.
A report from the Institute of Mental Health stated that Neo was intoxicated at the time of the offences, adding that there may be a partial contributory link between his alcohol intoxication and loss of restraint.
The report added that he was not of unsound mind at the time of the offence.
DPP Wong argued for Neo to be sentenced to at least 12 weeks’ jail, saying the molestation offence was committed on private property in the wee hours of the morning.
Ms Khoo and Mr Sudheesan said he should be fined about $10,000, saying that it was a one-off incident and uncharacteristic of Neo.
They highlighted that the skin-to-skin contact between their client and the victim was very brief, and that there was no invasion of the victim’s private part.
They also said Neo did not have any ulterior motive, and had entered the dormitory to find someone to talk to.
For using criminal force intending to outrage modesty, Neo can be jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or receive any combination of such punishments.
He can be jailed for up to three months, fined up to $1,500, or both, for criminal trespass.
 

Balls2U

Alfrescian
Loyal
That explains why no Senior Counsel was appointed this year as the whole legal system is experiencing a slow down and the demand for SCs getting lesser.
 

birdie69

Alfrescian
Loyal
Offence took place on 13 Nov 2022.
He was charged on 15 Nov 2022.
He pleaded guilty on 10 January 2024.
That is a total of almost 1 year 2 months.
Why so long?
Attorney General has to pass the case to MINDEF for review and comments?
And MINDEF has to pass the case to PM for review and get permission to proceed?

Man who was RSAF helicopter pilot admits to molesting student at NTU dorm​

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Neo Aik Chiao pleaded guilty to one charge of using criminal force with the intent to outrage the modesty of the woman and another for criminal trespass. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
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Samuel Devaraj

Jan 10, 2024

SINGAPORE - A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopter pilot, who held the rank of lieutenant-colonel, admitted in court on Jan 10 to molesting a female student at a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) dormitory in 2022.
Neo Aik Chiao, 47, pleaded guilty to one charge of using criminal force with the intent to outrage the modesty of the 21-year-old woman and another for criminal trespass.
Neo had entered the victim’s room, which was located on a floor meant for female students exclusively. There is a gag order on the victim and the specific location of the incident.
According to court documents, he accessed the dormitory rooms of two women, aged 18 and 21, on Nov 13.
A second criminal trespass charge will be taken into consideration during Neo’s sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb 21.
In a statement after he was charged in November 2023, the Ministry of Defence said Neo has been suspended from all duties.
The ministry also said that it would carefully assess the eventual findings before deciding on further appropriate actions.

The accused’s lawyers Mr Sunil Sudheesan and Ms Joyce Khoo, from Quahe Woo & Palmer, said Neo decided to go to NTU, his alma mater, to seek emotional comfort as the institution represented “a place of fond memories and familiarity”.
They said Neo had been in a low mood since his godfather, whom he was very close to, died on June 30, 2022.
The lawyers said that before committing the offences, Neo drank beer and planned to visit his godfather’s home to seek solace, but ended up at NTU instead.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Shiau Yin said Neo’s victim was in lying on her bed, eating some snacks and using her phone, at about 2am on Nov 13, 2022, when she heard a knock on her door.
Before she could react, Neo opened the door. He spoke to her briefly, before entering the room without her permission.
Neo then closed the door behind him, and locked it.
He sat on the student’s bed and told her that he was tired as he had just climbed many flights of stairs.
Said DPP Wong: “The victim felt puzzled by the accused’s actions but did not react as he looked tired and was sweating profusely.”

Neo asked the student for some drinks, and she directed him to a water cooler on another level.
Instead of leaving, Neo continued to sit on her bed and asked for directions to Hall 10 and Hall 14, saying that he was looking for a friend who was residing at one of the blocks.
The student provided directions, but Neo then asked for directions to other halls.
He also asked her some personal questions, like where she was from and what she was studying.
After the victim replied that she was from Jiangsu province in China, Neo continued quizzing her about her course of study, her name, and other personal information.
He then asked the student her if she wanted to earn some extra income and “accompany” him for $1,000.
“At this point, the victim felt uncomfortable as the accused was making a sexual proposition,” said DPP Wong.
The student rejected Neo by saying that she did not need the money and told him to leave her room. Instead, Neo touched her left thigh.
After the student repeated her request for him to leave her room, Neo stood up from the bed, walked towards her and touched her left arm.
He placed his hands on her shoulders and said in Mandarin: “Is $1,000 ok? Can you accompany me?”.
Scared, the victim pushed Neo away and shouted for him to leave the room.
Neo eventually walked to the door and told the student the door was locked and that he could not open it.

The student then took out her phone intending to call her friend and when Neo saw this, he unlocked the door and left the room.
The student called campus security and made a police report.
A report from the Institute of Mental Health stated that Neo was intoxicated at the time of the offences, adding that there may be a partial contributory link between his alcohol intoxication and loss of restraint.
The report added that he was not of unsound mind at the time of the offence.
DPP Wong argued for Neo to be sentenced to at least 12 weeks’ jail, saying the molestation offence was committed on private property in the wee hours of the morning.
Ms Khoo and Mr Sudheesan said he should be fined about $10,000, saying that it was a one-off incident and uncharacteristic of Neo.
They highlighted that the skin-to-skin contact between their client and the victim was very brief, and that there was no invasion of the victim’s private part.
They also said Neo did not have any ulterior motive, and had entered the dormitory to find someone to talk to.
For using criminal force intending to outrage modesty, Neo can be jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or receive any combination of such punishments.
He can be jailed for up to three months, fined up to $1,500, or both, for criminal trespass.
I thought it is quite fast and efficient, the investigations of minister Iswaran has already been completed
 
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