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Corpun file 5994


The New Paper, Singapore, 2 August 2000

PENALTY: Parthiban was given a sentence of 27 months' jail and nine strokes of the cane.

He posed as police officer to molest two young girls


PARTHIBAN: Junior college dropout

I'M AN officer from Bedok Police Station, he said.

Not once, but twice.

He wasn't.

That lie was bad enough by itself.

But what Parthiban R Kandasamy used that lie for was far worse.

He molested two teenage girls. Twice in three months.

Parthiban, a 23-year-old full-time national serviceman, committed his first outrage on Jan 5, 2000.

In the void deck of an HDB block in Tampines, where he approached a 14-year-old girl.

Claiming that he was a Criminal Investigation Department officer from the Bedok police, Parthiban flashed a black wallet at the girl and said he wanted to check her schoolbag for cigarettes.

He found none.

And then told the scared girl to face away, with her back to him and her hands on the wall.

The girl did as she was told.

Parthiban then patted her body, her breasts and her genital region.

That was the first outrage.

This April, in a multi-storey car park in Tampines, he stopped a 15-year-old girl.

I'm Inspector Rahim from Bedok Police Station, he said, and began chatting with her as they sat down.

Then Parthiban reached across and pulled down the girl's shorts.

Shocked, the girl tried to pull them back up and fell over.

While on the floor, Parthiban molested her, and finally stopped only when she pleaded with him.

With two reports filed against him with the police - the first on Jan 5 and the second on April 11 - Parthiban was later arrested.

He faced 12 charges.

The prosecution proceeded with five charges while seven were taken into consideration.

During the mitigation plea, Parthiban's lawyer said that he had been at the top of his class in Tamil while at secondary school, and earned his teachers' praise.

But family problems led Parthiban to drop out of junior college, he added.

In court, Parthiban received his sentence poker-faced.

Corpun file 6036


The New Paper, Singapore, 24 August 2000

Yeo Chong Meng

Tan Siew Fong

Tan Siew Fong was jailed 30 months for robbery.

Her husband, Anthony Yeo Chong Meng, also faced a charge of possession of an offensive weapon on another occasion.

He was jailed 42 months and given 12 strokes of the cane.

For robbery, they could have been jailed up to seven years and given at least six strokes of the cane.

For possession of an offensive weapon, Yeo could have been jailed up to three years and given at least six strokes of the cane.

The wild life turned couple into desperadoes
THEY were low-life living the wild life.
The drugs and booze made sure of that.
But one day, Tan Siew Fong and her husband Anthony Yeo Chong Meng, went too far.
Intoxicated on beer and stoned out on sleeping pills, the desperate duo needed money for yet another fix.
And to get it, they decided to rob a couple at knifepoint in March this year.
They got fixed, all right - but it wasn't the way they had hoped it would be.
The police made sure of that and they are now behind bars.
For Tan, 36, it was an unglamorous interlude to a high-flying life.
The former SIA stewardess had started flying as soon as she finished her O levels at Rangoon Secondary School.
But she gave it up seven years later to become a secretary.
She then married Yeo who was nine years her junior and a drug addict with a record.
It didn't bother Tan. Together, they were out drinking almost every night.
But the newfound lifestyle left Tan with sleeping problems. So Yeo passed her some sleeping pills, which he was also taking.
Slowly, she became addicted to the drug - just like her husband.
Tan's monthly salary of $800 was not enough to support her unemployed husband and their expensive drug habit.
Craving for more, they visited a clinic along East Coast Road on March 29 this year.
After buying 10 sleeping pills, Yeo and her husband took five each and washed it down with beer at a nearby coffeeshop.
When both were sufficiently high, Yeo then suggested they rob somebody.
At about 4.30 am, the couple approached Mr Chan Thian Kwee and his girlfriend at East Coast Park.
Yeo asked Mr Chan, 35, for a lighter.
While his victim was fumbling for one, Yeo suddenly wrapped one beefy arm around his neck and took out a knife.
He told a stunned Mr Chan in Hokkien that it was a robbery.
Tan, standing nearby, chipped in and added: "Don't move, he has a knife."
But Mr Chan struggled, broke free and yelled for help.
Yeo and Tan took to their heels and disappeared into the night.
Mr Chan called the police who arrested the couple along Bedok South Avenue 1 less than 30 minutes later.
Last week, both of them pleaded guilty in court.

Corpun file 6054


The Straits Times, Singapore, 26 August 2000

On her first day of work, he forced maid to strip. He molested her. Then, on Valentine's Day, he called his wife to say he'd raped the maid.

Shameless brute

He harassed her for four months and his wife knew about it but did nothing. He was sentenced to 15 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane yesterday

By Sharon Vasoo


'The unfortunate victim was terrorised from the very first day of her employment in the accused's flat. He had the audacity to telephone his wife to complain that the new maid refused to strip. Even if he deliberately mispronounced "strip" to sound like "sweep", it would still show what a shameless cunning man he was.' - Judicial Commissioner Tay Yong Kwang, on Loo's play on words


'Having been let off by his maid for the earlier instances of outrage of modesty, the unappreciative and unremorseful accused nevertheless progressed to more intrusive molestation of her body and this culminated in the rape on Valentine's Day.' - JC Tay

HE TERRORISED the young Indonesian maid from the day she started work, forcing her to strip so that he could inspect her body.

Over the next four months, Loo Cheng Lip, 34, intimidated and harassed her for sex constantly.

When she resisted, he would grab her from behind, hold her and tell her he wanted sex.

She called her maid agency for help on two occasions and it informed his wife.

But no one came to her aid.

In the end, the oil company technician raped her on the marital bed of his flat in Choa Chu Kang.

Then, he called his wife at work to tell her he had just raped their maid, using an obscene four-letter word to describe the act.

The 26-year-old maid was a victim from day one, the High Court heard yesterday.

Immediately after taking her home from the maid agency, he demanded that she strip, saying it was a matter of procedure for him to check the naked bodies of his domestic maids before they started work.

When she refused, he complained to his wife.

But Madam Penny Goh thought he meant the maid would not "sweep".

She complained to the maid agency which in turn told the maid to follow her employer's instructions.

When the maid tried to explain to the agent what had really happened, Loo threatened her, so she kept quiet.

She later undressed in front of him out of fear.

Yesterday, Judicial Commissioner Tay Yong Kwang chided him for his "shamelessly cunning" behaviour and sentenced him to 15 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane.

He pleaded guilty to raping his maid on February 14 and using criminal force during her four-month work stint with the family.

Although his defence counsel, Mr Parambir Singh Sekhon, said that Loo regretted hurting the maid and wished he could turn the clock back, JC Tay did not accept that he felt remorse.

"To aggravate the sorry situation, the accused here announced to his wife, with seeming nonchalance and arrogance, his sordid act by using the graphic four-letter word," he said.

"It was as if he felt a surge of masculine pride at having committed the offence."

The court heard Loo, who has a seven-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son, harassed the maid when no one else was home.

Unable to bear his sexual advances any longer, she called her agent secretly.

When the agent phoned Madam Goh to tell her about her husband's behaviour, she was silent.

Loo's father, who found out about his son's conduct, even persuaded the maid to forgive Loo.

She did.

But he did not stop.

Instead, he continued harassing her, leading to her worst nightmare on Valentine's Day this year.

While she was cleaning the flat, he grabbed her, forced her down onto a bed and raped her. She cried throughout the ordeal.

Later that day, she demanded that Loo confess his act to his wife.

He did, telling her a watered-down version of the truth, but she did nothing.

The next day, when no one was at home, the victim confided in another maid.

A report was filed at the Choa Chu Kang Neighbourhood Police Centre later that day.

The maid is now working in another household here.

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