Public Prosecutor v Puspanathan a/l Supramaniam

CourtMagistrates' Court (Singapore)
JudgeGilbert Low Teik Seang
Judgment Date28 April 2004
Neutral Citation[2004] SGMC 4
Citation[2004] SGMC 4
Published date19 May 2004
Plaintiff CounselStation Inspector Wee Kim Cheock
Defendant CounselAccused acting in person

28 April 2004

Magistrate Gilbert Low:

1 The accused pleaded guilty before me at first mention to the following charge:

You … are charged that you, on the 5th of April 04, at about 10.30 pm, outside Jurong Point shopping centre, located at Jurong West Central, Singapore, which is a public place, did publicly does(sic) an obscene act, to wit, by taking out your penis from your trousers and masturbating it in the view of one [xxx] F/24 yrs, which cause annoyance to the said [xxx] and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 294(a) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

2 The Statement of Facts that the accused admitted to without any qualification read as:

The victim is [xxx], F/24 yrs, NRIC No. [xxx] residing at Blk [xxx] Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, #05-188.

2 The witness is [xxx], M/26 yrs, NRIC No. [xxx] residing at Blk 661B Jurong West Street [xxx] #[xxx]. He is the fiance of the complainant.

3 The accused is Puspanathan A/L Supramaniam, M/26 yrs, FIN no. G7164381L residing at C/O 101 Jalan Besar #02-36.

4 On 05 Apr 04 at about 11.04 pm, acting on information received, the accused was arrested at Jurong Point Shopping Centre for an offence of committing an obscene act in a public place.

5 On 05 Apr 04 at about 10.30 pm, victim was waiting for the witness outside the Shopping Centre to go back home. Victim spotted the accused was sitting down on the ground directly behind her. Victim had also noticed that the accused was sitting cross legged, whereby the right leg cross over the left leg. Victim noticed the accused was holding his penis with his right hand holding onto his penis moving it in an up and down motion masturbating. Victim felt insulted by the act and called the witness.

6 When the witness arrived, the accused was still sitting at the same spot. The witness then approached the accused and noticed the penis of the accused was still exposed. The accused however started to walk away but was detained by the witness.

7 In the statement to the Police, the accused admitted to the commission of the offence.

3 The accused had one antecedent which was similar which he admitted to. On 22 March 2003, he was convicted and sentenced in the same Court 23 in MAC 2214 of 2003 for a similar offence of committing an obscene act under section 294 of the Penal Code. He was given the benchmark fine of $2,000 for first-time offenders where he paid in full.

4 In mitigation, he pleaded before me to be lenient. The obscene act which he admitted to...

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