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Straits Times, Singapore, 6 September 2005
Sex fiend molested 8 women in one block
Naked serial molester jailed after he admits lying in wait for women returning home at night
By Chong Chee Kin and Khushwant Singh
FOR years, Chua Tong Tyan terrorised the residents of a Henderson Road block.
The sex predator lurked in the shadows late at night, waiting to strike when his prey returned home alone.
Wrapping a T-shirt around his head so his victims could not identify him, he was behind sexual crimes against eight women.
They were all residents of the same block, with five living on the same floor.
Chua, 26, a cook, was jailed for three years on Friday, after admitting molesting and exposing himself to his victims, who were aged between 20 and 29. He was also sentenced to eight strokes of the rotan.
His reign of terror began more than three years ago, and his first victim was the oldest. Chua, who lived 10 blocks away, was at the 10th floor lift landing just before midnight on May 22, 2002.
As the woman walked along the common corridor, he hugged her from behind and groped her breast before running off.
He was back on June 19, 2003. Soon after midnight, he hugged a woman from behind while he was naked on the 10th floor common corridor.
The following April, Chua started to appear totally nude before his victims. He did this to different women on three occasions last year.
A 20-year-old, whom Chua knew, was his victim on March 17 this year, as she returned home at about 1.30am.
While she chatted on her mobile phone, Chua grabbed her from behind.
He covered her mouth with one hand to prevent her from screaming for help. With the other hand, he molested her.
Instantly, the woman sank her teeth into his hand, and he ran off. The woman tried to dash home but found Chua at a nearby lift landing, his T-shirt around his head, showing only his eyes. His shorts were around his knees, and he was masturbating.
He stumbled towards her, and again covered her mouth and molested her. He fled when she managed to scream for help.
On July 10, he was back, this time on the ninth floor. At 1am, he hugged a woman while wearing just his underwear. Ten days later, he masturbated in front of another woman on the 5th floor common corridor.
His reign of terror came to an end on July 28. With descriptions given by victims, police spotted and arrested him at the same block in an ambush at 1.30am.
He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and caned.
Police spokesman Victor Keong yesterday said that a month after the sixth victim was molested this March, police distributed newsletters with a description of the suspect. 'Plainclothes officers were also deployed to look out for the suspect.'
Grassroots organisations also posted the leaflets on estate notice boards, he added.
As to why residents were not alerted sooner, he said that earlier victims could not provide a detailed description.
A Straits Times check of the neighbourhood yesterday found that many of the 160 households on the ninth to 12th floors of the block had not known a serial molester had been preying on residents.
One woman who was in the dark became his last victim. She told The Straits Times yesterday she was returning to her flat on the fifth floor at about 2am, when she saw Chua masturbating.
She said: 'He looked frightening with his face covered and only his eyes showing. I screamed and fled to my flat before he could do anything worse.' The 28-year-old made a police report later that morning.
Hearing his sentence, she said: 'He's a sex pervert, he should be locked up forever.'
Today, Singapore, 19 September 2005
Heroin in check, but new threats loom
DPM Wong on the great turnaround in the S'pore drug scene
By Tor Ching Li
An all-out war against drug abuse over the past 10 years has resulted in a much-changed drug scene in Singapore today.
Heroin abuse has dwindled from 5,933 cases in 1994 to 111 last year. The total number of drug arrests plunged from 6,165 in 1994 to 955 last year.
Citing these statistics at a national seminar yesterday
showcasing Singapore's decade of progress towards a drug-free
society, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Wong
Kan Seng said: "The United Nations World Drug Report of 2005
shows that Singapore has one of the lowest prevalence of drug
abuse compared to most countries in Asia and Europe."
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Straits Times, Singapore, 20 September 2005
Man in love triangle jailed for threat to kill rival
He also tried to extort $2m from older man, saying he'll expose affair
By Chong Chee Kin
IT WAS a love triangle involving three married people, with tales of extortion, death threats and sex.
Hawker centre cook Cheang Hook Tai, 43, was well aware that Chinese national Huang Qiao Zhu, 41, was married when he started an affair with her.
But when he discovered that she was two-timing him with another man old enough to be his father, he flipped.
A furious Cheang tried to extort $2 million from 65-year-old retiree Lee Siew Kin by threatening to expose his affair to his family.
At one point, Cheang even threatened to kill the older man with a car bomb.
Yesterday, Cheang, a permanent resident from Malaysia, was jailed for two years and ordered to be caned two strokes after he was convicted of criminal intimidation and attempt to extort money.
Huang, an immigration offender now serving a four-month jail term for overstaying, began her affair with Mr Lee in 2001.
Two years later, she met Cheang.
She maintained relationships with both men.
When Cheang found out, he confronted Huang, but she refused to call off her relationship with the older man.
She explained to Cheang that Mr Lee had treated her well and even gave her an allowance.
In court yesterday, assistant public prosecutor Eugene Kwang told a district court how Cheang then put in place his plan to blackmail Mr Lee in a bid to make him end his relationship with the woman.
Yesterday, in his mitigation, Cheang's lawyer, Mr Lim Swee Tee, said his client's original intention was to extort only $20,000 from Mr Lee.
'However, he made a mistake and sent a wrong message to Mr Lee asking for $2,000,000 instead,' the lawyer said.
Mr Lim said Cheang made the car-bomb threat because he thought Mr Lee was responsible for Huang's arrest on immigration offences in June.
'This is not a threat from a terrorist or in any way remotely related to terrorist activities,' he said.
'It was clear...that it came from a man who was overwhelmed and deranged by the loss of a person he loved.'
Cheang could have been jailed for up to seven years.
Straits Times, Singapore, 22 September 2005
Man jailed for molesting 3 girls
A 22-YEAR-OLD Bangladeshi welder molested two teenagers and an 11-year-old girl at the Wild Wild Wet theme park - all within a few minutes.
Saiful Islam Miah Fazlul Haque was yesterday sentenced to 20 months in jail and 12 strokes of the cane for molesting the girls at the Pasir Ris Park on Sept 4.
District Judge F.G. Remedios heard that Saiful, who was there to attend his company's function, was in the Shiok River attraction at Wild Wild Wet at 2.15pm when he swam up and stroked a 15-year-old girl. A minute later, he swam up to a 14-year-old and pressed her breast.
Five minutes later, he groped the 11-year-old girl from behind.
She pushed away his hand and got out of the pool to tell her mother who called security guards.
Saiful was detained and handed over to the police.
The court also heard that Saiful had tried to befriend the 11-year-old earlier but she had ignored him.
He followed her around but she lost sight of him until he molested her.
Straits Times, Singapore, 28 September 2005
Prisoner left paralysed after attack by inmate
By Chong Chee Kin
PRISON inmate Lim Kok Hua now lies helpless on a bed in a medical ward in the Changi Prison Complex, unable to walk, speak, read or write.
The right side of the 31-year-old's body is paralysed. He has problems swallowing and needs help from nurses to eat, drink or go to the toilet.
He has been that way since a fellow inmate in Tanah Merah Prison attacked him last October.
Yesterday, convicted drug trafficker Mohammad Sabri Yus, 36, was sentenced to four years' jail for the attack, on top of his current seven-year term. Sabri, who was sent to prison three years ago, was also ordered to be given 12 strokes of the cane.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Crystal Ong told a district court that the attack was sparked by a minor incident during a morning exercise routine on Oct 13 last year.
Sabri had been doing push-ups at the exercise yard when someone ran past him, nearly hitting his face.
'He believed that Lim had deliberately done so to irritate him and he became agitated. He stopped doing his push-ups and ran after him,' she said.
Sabri caught up with Lim as he was jogging past a concrete bench and slammed his elbow into the left side of Lim's face.
Relating the accounts of other inmates in the yard, DPP Ong said: 'Upon impact, he fell and his head knocked onto the edge of the concrete bench before he landed on the ground.'
Unconscious and with a cut and a swelling on his right temple, Lim was taken to Changi General Hospital. By the time he got there, he had lapsed into a coma.
Senior Prisons Officer Leong Say Shen, 31, from Tanah Merah Prison, reported the incident to the police only two days later.
Lim suffered internal bleeding in the brain and spinal cord, a fractured skull, pneumonia and partial paralysis.
He remained in the intensive care unit of the hospital for three months and was discharged only on Jan 14 this year, when he was transferred to the Cluster Medical Complex in Changi Prison Complex. Sabri could have been jailed for up to seven years.
Today, Singapore, 28 September 2005
She was 5, in his care, and he exploited that
For six years, girl was forced to perform oral sex on family friend
By Ansley Ng
HE WAS a close family friend.
But yesterday, a court heard how a 46-year-old man, obsessed with
oral sex, had abused the young daughter of his friend since she
was five years old.
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