SINGAPORE: An odd job labourer molested two feminine college students in Fort Canning Park, telling certainly one of them he had “the Buddha” in him and will sense her unhappiness.
Tan Soh Kwan, 59, was sentenced to a 12 months’s jail on Thursday (Dec 8). He pleaded responsible to 2 counts of molestation, with one other three expenses considered.
The court docket heard that Tan was at Fort Canning Park on Sep 12, 2021, when a 20-year-old French pupil went there for a stroll.
Tan launched himself to the scholar and so they started speaking about points of interest on the park. As Tan confirmed the scholar across the park, he claimed that he had been to Thailand and had given Buddhist teachings.
He took the scholar to a bench, sat down together with her and informed her he had a Buddha inside him.
They each sat cross-legged on the bench, going through one another. Tan took the scholar’s palms, held her palms collectively and commenced chanting.
After this, he informed the scholar that she had “quite a lot of thoughts and a tragic coronary heart”.
The scholar informed him that she was blissful. However Tan insisted and informed her that she had been having a “love drawback” the previous few days.
The scholar started to belief Tan, as she certainly had such a problem. Tan then requested her to observe him to a different bench.
They sat down cross-legged once more on this bench, going through one another, and continued speaking. Out of the blue, Tan hugged the scholar with out warning and touched her eyebrow and her neck.
He positioned his hand on the scholar’s chest and commenced chanting for 2 minutes. He then informed her that he would give her a therapeutic massage and massaged her shoulder and back.
Tan requested the scholar to show round, earlier than hugging her along with his decrease physique touching her buttocks.
The scholar felt uncomfortable and moved away, saying she felt terrified of Tan. Tan informed her to not be scared as he had “the Buddha” in him and hugged her once more.
This time, he embraced her so tightly that the student may really feel his chest pressed in opposition to hers. Tan then mentioned he wished to crack the scholar’s again, however mentioned she must sit on his lap.
She mentioned no, and Tan requested her to lie down on the bench. She did so, and Tan touched her face and neck earlier than kissing her face.
He molested the scholar and pressed his palms in opposition to her stomach and leg.
The scholar reported the molestation to the police that very same day.
The following day, Tan was at Fort Canning Park once more. This time, he noticed two 18-year-old native college students out for a stroll.
He launched himself to the scholars and supplied to take them round for a tour of the park.
The 2 ladies agreed, and Tan informed them that he had learnt therapeutic massage methods in Thailand and will help them to heal their medical illnesses.
He then helped the 2 ladies carry out back-stretching workout routines earlier than asking certainly one of them to sit down on his lap. The lady complied and sat on his lap, together with her again to him.
Tan massaged the lady’s again earlier than molesting her. He then informed her that she had “girls’s issues” and touched her stomach with out her consent.
He led the 2 ladies to a close-by hut with a bench, and once more requested the identical lady to sit down on his lap. He positioned his palms on her chest, over her yoga cropped high, with out her consent.
He then wrapped his arm across the lady’s chest. She stood up shortly.
The 2 college students made a police report within the early hours of Sep 14, and Tan was arrested later that day.
The prosecutor requested for 12 to 16 months’ jail, saying Tan had used a type of deception on two ranges.
First, he took the time to lull the victims into trusting him by giving them a tour round Fort Canning Park.
Then, he tricked the primary lady by assuring her that he knew what she was experiencing on the time. He additionally progressively molested the victims beneath the pretext of massaging or therapeutic them.
The offences have been additionally dedicated in a brazen method, in broad daylight in a public park, he mentioned.