It is not uncommon to come across wasted party-goers if you walk through Clarke Quay, the hotspot for nightlife, on Friday and Saturday nights. When a Norwegian national came across one intoxicated woman sitting outside a nightspot, he took advantage of her inebriated state in the pretext of comforting her.
Gregersen Tommy pleaded guilty on Friday (May 18) to outraging the modesty of a 24-year-old woman on Aug 11 last year. She cannot be named because of a gag order.
The 49-year-old had been on a work trip in Singapore on the night of the incident.
As the female victim had had too much to drink, she reportedly felt the urge to vomit and left the club- where she was at with her friends, alone.
Tommy, who had earlier visited various entertainment establishments to drink and dance, noticed her sitting alone on a bench near the club and approached her.
After the victim threw up, he led her to another bench where they both sat. Thereafter, her cousin phoned her, to which Tommy answered and told the cousin where the victim was before hanging up.
After the call, Tommy started patting her back, to “comfort” her. When she showed no reaction, he slipped his hand under her shirt and unfastened her bra before he fondled her.
As the victim remained unresponsive and had her head bowed down, Tommy continued to touch her private parts for a few minutes.
Her cousin arrived at the area a few minutes later and led the victim away after seeing her with the accused.
Tommy is expected to return to court on May 25. For outraging the modesty of a woman, he could be jailed up to two years, fined, caned, or any combination of the three.