Singapore — Indian national Rajendran Prakash has been sentenced to five days in jail and fined S$2,500 for inappropriate behaviour towards a woman and police officers.
The 27-year-old maintenance officer was having a celebratory drink in the Bugis area last Sept 29, 2018 after receiving his salary.
He entered the Church of Our Lady Lourdes on Ophir Road at around 1pm.
Rajendran then began touching and embracing the woman in the church against her will.
A retiree was praying at the church and saw what Rajendran was doing. He told the woman to move away, but Rajendran followed her and continued to act “in a rowdy manner” according to a report by Channel News Asia.
Another witness, Gladiston Joseph, tried to intervene but Rajendran slapped him in the face.
The ruckus caught the attention of bystanders, and priests began to call the police for assistance saying that a drunk man had barged into the church and “started groping ladies.”
In an attempt to flee, Rajendran jumped into the Rochor Canal. A police officer jumped in and caught him.
Police arrested him but he refused to cooperate and even cursed and gestured inappropriately at the officers.
Rajendran pleaded guilty to a charge of conducting oneself in an annoying manner while drunk. He also pleaded guilty to using abusive words towards a police officer. -/TISG