The 25-year-old Singaporean, Hsu Yisong, has been sentenced to two years of jail and three strokes of the cane for molesting a 27-year-old Chinese woman last January.
The Singapore court heard the entire incident in detail before the verdict was handed. The victim, who was then working as a performing artist, was walking on Mackenzie Road towards Bukit Timah Road when she realized that she was being followed. Deputy Public Prosecutor, Sruthi Boppana told the court that when the victim turned around at the open-air car park she saw Hsu behind her.
She assumed that it was safe to continue walking as there were many people at the car park, including Singaporeans Shashi Ramparch and Suvin Sasi, and their friends. But Hsu suddenly ran towards her, restrained her in a neck lock with his right arm, and used his left hand to lift her top before molesting her.
The victim could hardly breathe from the force of his right arm gripping her neck. But she still managed to shout out for help. She continuously tried to push Hsu's hand away. Although he continued his attack by trying to pull her shorts down, he failed.
Two men at the open-air car park on that road noticed her and somehow managed to catch Hsu as he was running away. The police were informed and Hsu was arrested soon after.
The victim was immediately taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The doctors reported that she was found to have suffered three scratch marks on her lower abdomen and small bruising on both her upper arms.