On Tuesday (4 May), a 74-year-old man was sentenced to one-and-a-half years’ jail for molesting an underage boy. He had pleaded guilty to molesting the child and also making the boy perform a sexual act on him.
Tok Chon Chey was a gardener at a condominium where the seven-year-old victim lived with his father. According to The Straits Times, Tok knew the victim for at least two years before his offences and they would greet each other when they met.
Details about the victim and the condominium cannot be disclosed due to a gag order to protect his identity.
Previously, Tok had been arrested in 2013 for another case of molesting an 11-year-old boy and had served his past sentence.
On 21 March 2019, Tok saw the victim and offered the boy $2 to buy some ice cream. He also told the victim to meet him at a barbecue pit in the condominium two days later.
However, the boy had declined his offer and money.
Two days later, on 23 March at around 10:30am, Tok then saw the boy again and beckoned him over. He then carried the child and placed him on his lap.
Tok proceeded to suddenly kiss the victim on the lips while they were chatting.
One of the boy’s neighbours initially saw what had happened but continued walking towards the exit of the condominium and left the property. She later decided to walk back to the condominium after feeling uneasy about the whole situation.
The 74-year-old then touched the boy’s private parts with his hand and made the child perform a sexual act on him.
At that moment, the 45-year-old neighbour finally reached the duo and immediately approached the old man, “ask[ing] the accused if he thought what he was doing was right,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lai.
At that point, the child then walked towards the witness and stood behind her.
Tok began to appeal to the witness not to report what had transpired.
Thankfully, the woman brushed aside his pleas and took the child to the condominium guardhouse, reporting the matter to a security supervisor. The boy’s parents were also contacted and his father also lodged a police report on the same day.
For molesting a child below 14 years old, an offender can be jailed for up to five years and fined or caned. However, Tok cannot be caned as he is over 50 years old.
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