Outrage of Modesty – Sec 354 Penal Code Singapore – Representations

by | Jun 27, 2018 | Criminal Process, Investigation, Mitigation, Outrage of Modesty, Punishment, Representations, SEX CRIMES

Outrage of modesty (more commonly known as molestation) cases are fairly common in Singapore, and are widely reported in the media, especially on Stomp.

 

In August 2018, it was reported in the Straits Times that the number of molestation cases was on the rise.  The increase in outrage of modesty cases on public transport has prompted the police to launch a pilot plan for volunteers to patrol train stations to deter molesters. There were even reports of men being molested in The New Paper There was also a case where the molestation took place in an SIA flight.

 

Recently, we had two clients who were charged by the police under Section 354 of the Penal Code. If they were convicted of the offence, they would have faced an imprisonment term of up to 2 years, a fine, caning or a combination of such punishments thereof. One of the offences had been committed in a male spa, while the other was committed in a gym.

 

Once they engaged our services, we expeditiously sieved through the information they provided us with and identified mitigating factors that would help their case. Thereafter, we immediately began drafting pre-mention representations to the police and the Attorney General’s Chambers with the view that the charges against them would be dropped.

 

We noted that in the case of one of our clients, his offence was not pre-meditated. We highlighted that point to the authorities and also elaborated on how our client had experienced difficulties in securing employment throughout his career. Having recently landed a job, a criminal record would have undeniably placed him in the same position of unemployment that he had just freed himself from. In addition, our client suffered various hardships throughout his life. We elaborated on his afflictions in life and emphasised the detrimental consequences that he would have been shackled by if he were to be convicted. For the other client, we highlighted that among other things, his career would be severely affected if he was convicted of the charge.

 

Fortunately, the authorities accepted both representations and issued both our clients with stern warnings. The charges against both clients were dropped and their case was disposed of within a month after they employed our services. Our clients were very grateful to the authorities for acceding to the pre-mention representations. Needless to say, they were very pleased with our services; both of them gave the following reviews at Singapore Legal Advice:

“Thanks to Ray and the team who has been very patient and genuine in addressing my queries during my legal case.I would strongly recommend Ray to those in need of help to settle their legal matters.Ray is a lawyer with heart and truly concern about his client. The way he approach and solve the case is very professional and ethical. Thanks Ray”

“Ray and his team are efficient! He prepared and presented pre-mention representation on my behalf to Agc for my charge on section 354 chap 224 of penal code by the police. He made changes upon my request after seeing the first draft and from the night we met and in less than 2 weeks, he got it presented to Agc!

Representations are requested to have my charges to be reduced, compounded or dropped entirely (that can assist in putting forward my version of events and substantiating it with more compassion reasons)  At at about less than a week later, we got a reply from Agc that it will be a warning instead of a criminal prosecution by the Court! Tks goodness! As he is more experienced, though he is not the cheapest in town definitely, it is worth to use his services, the cost is so worth it! Do speak to him soon”

For more information, please contact our criminal lawyer Ray Louis at 90908288.