A maritime boarding officer has been jailed for a year and given three cane strokes for abusing a home care nurse, who was taking care of his mother.Â The woman, a Filipina,Â reportedly started receiving lewd SMSsÂ from himÂ just a day after she started working at the familyâ€™s flat at Bukit Purmei in January 2014.
The offender,Â Balakrishnan Kuppusamy (43), got bolderÂ four days later andÂ kissed the back of her neck while they were in the lift.Â BalakrishnanÂ who was engaged to be married, didn’t stop at that but on the next morning, he touched her breast while she was helping his mother to her room. Later on the same day,Â he slapped her buttocks.
The womanÂ said that she was reluctant to report the inappropriate behaviourÂ asÂ she was worried about losing her job. But after receiving a particular SMS which made her feel very “degraded” she informed her supervisor and made a police report.
Balakrishnan was sentenced by a district court to two months’ jail for kissing her neck and a $5,000 fine for tapping her buttock in November 2015. But both Balakrishnan and the prosecution appealed the sentence.
Balakrishnan claimed that he did not kissÂ the back of the woman’sÂ neck while they were in the lift, but that he onlyÂ touched the womanâ€™s neck with his fingers while making kissing sounds. And that he did not touchÂ her breast, but onlyÂ â€śpokedâ€ťÂ herÂ chest because he was irritated with her for speaking in Tagalog. BalakrishnanÂ further said that he touchedÂ the back of the Filipina’sÂ waist to get her attentionÂ as she was blocking hisÂ entrance to the toilet.
The judge however refused to believe his claims sayingÂ Balakrishnanâ€™s â€śflirtatious and sometimes crudeâ€ť messages to the woman showed his lewd intentions towards her. The judge dismissed Balakrishnan’s appeal in sentencing him.