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Serial molester jailed six months for MRT incident

Jobless man caught touching woman's thigh on train in video which went viral

A recalcitrant molester released from prison in March was caught on a viral video outraging a woman's modesty on an MRT train just four months later.

Sim Teck Chye, 45, who has been in and out of prison every year since 2013 for molest, was last sentenced to jail in January this year.

Yesterday, the jobless man was jailed for six months after admitting he had touched a woman's thigh while riding on a train on the East-West Line on July 2.

The incident was captured in a video and photos, which went viral online.

Recognising Sim from one of the photos, another woman remembered him from another incident.

Not long before the July 2 offence, Sim had boarded a train on the North-South Line on June 30 and stood close to the second woman, known only as Ms Lim, 27. She felt uncomfortable and turned her body away.

The train suddenly slowed and jerked as it was reaching Yishun MRT station. Sim lost his balance and his right forearm touched her right upper arm.

But she did not seek help as she assumed it was an accident.

Three days later, Ms Lim received a website link from a friend and saw a picture of Sim molesting a woman on a train when she clicked on it. She recognised him as the person who had earlier touched her and alerted the police later that day.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Michael Quilindo told the court yesterday that netizen Winna Chin had captured the photographs and a video of Sim committing the offence.

Police arrested Sim at Hougang Mall on July 5 and he admitted in a statement the next day that he had molested the woman in the video.

DPP Quilindo said Sim suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder but his mental condition was not linked to his offence. - SHAFFIQ ALKHATIB

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