Claiming that he was unable to control his “urges”, a man in Singapore used his exposed genitals to inappropriately touch the elbow of a frightened 11-year-old girl who was sharing the same housing block lift with him.
Khoo Wei Yang, 24, a permanent resident of Singapore originally from Malaysia, was sentenced to five months’ jail after pleading guilty to using criminal force to outrage the modesty of the victim.

A similar charge was taken into consideration during sentencing.

The girl’s name cannot be published due to a court order to protect her identity.

Public housing flats in Singapore. The girl in the case was on her way home from school in July last year when she encountered Khoo in a lift. Photo: AFP

The court heard that on the afternoon of July 7 last year, the girl was on her way home from school when she encountered Khoo in the lift.

After the girl pressed the button for the sixth floor, Khoo chose to press the button for the eighth floor even though he lived on the second floor.

While they were in the lift, Khoo then exposed his genitals and proceeded to touch himself.


As the girl was able to see what he was doing from the reflection in the glass panel of the lift door, she quickly looked down as she was scared.

With the intent to outrage the girl’s modesty, Khoo then touched her left elbow with his exposed genitals, Deputy Public Prosecutor Quek Lu Yi said.

Not being able to move as she was too scared, she stayed still as Khoo continued rubbing her elbow with his genitals.

When the lift arrived at her floor, the girl stepped out and Khoo followed, trying to engage her in a conversation by telling her that she had dropped something on the floor.


The girl turned back towards Khoo but then walked away when she realised she had not dropped anything.

The State Courts in Singapore. For using criminal force to outrage the modesty of the girl, Khoo could have been jailed up to five years, fined, and caned. Photo: AP

As she walked towards her unit, the girl stopped to turn back and saw that Khoo was standing at a corner watching her.


Realising she had seen him, Khoo then walked away towards the lift.

Later that night, the girl’s father brought her to a police station to make a report. Khoo was arrested the next day.

During the investigation, Khoo admitted that he had touched the girl inappropriately due to his “urges”.

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The girl did not leave the house for a few days as she had become fearful after the incident. Even after a few days, she required an escort every time she left the house, as she did not want to take the lift on her own.


Seeking six to eight months’ jail, Quek said that there was a degree of sexual exploitation as Khoo had used his exposed genitals to touch the victim skin-on-skin, which scared her.

She added that Khoo had also exploited the helplessness of the girl, who was in an enclosed space where there was no one around to help her.

For using criminal force to outrage the modesty of the girl, Khoo could have been jailed up to five years, fined, or caned, or given any combination of these punishments.