Singapore

Doc loses appeal against jail for molest

A 71-year-old doctor will go to jail for molesting a patient, after the High Court dismissed his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

The court found yesterday that the woman's testimony was "completely consistent internally" and that she had no motive to falsely accuse Dr Winston Lee Siew Boon (above) of touching her breast.

Justice Chan Seng Onn noted that the general practitioner, who is also known as a motoring writer, was "particularly cunning" in disguising his act while examining the patient.

The woman trusted Lee and even gave him the benefit of the doubt after one incident, noted Justice Chan. "It is loathsome that he did not relent and tried it again..."

Lee, who had asked for time to transfer his 70,000 patients to other doctors, make caregiving arrangements for his wife and undergo a medical check-up, was allowed to start his 10-month jail term on Aug 17.

The woman, a medical products sales representative, had testified that she saw Lee in June 2011 for nausea and flatulence. When she said she had chest pain, he put his hand under her bra and squeezed her breast.

Four months later, when she saw him for a sore throat and to discuss weight management, she said he groped her breast again. She then made a police report after consulting her boss and a female doctor.

Lee said he had placed a clenched fist over her breastbone to show where she would experience chest pains.

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