SINGAPORE – An elderly gardener who worked in a condominium offered a boy who lived there $ 2 dollars to buy ice cream and asked him to meet at a barbecue later.
Despite the boy rejecting his offer, Tok Chon Chey, 74, was not deterred. The man carried the boy to one side after seeing him in the condominium again two days later. He then asked the boy to perform a sexual act against him.
Tok was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison on Tuesday (May 4) after pleading guilty to assaulting a person under the age of 1
The boy, now nine, cannot be named to protect his identity.
The court heard that the boy knew Tok for at least two years when he wanted to see the man look after the plants when he returned from kindergarten.
On March 21, 2019, the boy chanced upon Tok, who was sitting on a chair. Tok offered the boy $ 2 to buy ice cream and asked him to meet at the barbecue later. The victim did not take the money and did not meet Tok.
Two days later, the boy and his sister left home to play on the condominium playground in the morning. Then they returned home to drink water before leaving to ride around on their bikes.
Tok was in the area and asked the boy to come to him. The boy’s sister went home when she did not suspect something was wrong.
Tok then carried the boy on his lap and kissed him on the lips.
A witness, a female resident, was walking near the side gate when she saw the meeting. She recognized both the boy and Tok. The witness left the condominium, but returned when she felt uneasy about what she saw.
Meanwhile, Tok asked the boy to stand and touch the boy’s crotch. Tok then unpacked his own pants and asked the boy to perform a sexual act on him. When the witness arrived, she saw the boy facing the man and touching the man’s penis.
She asked Tok if he thought what he was doing was right. Tok got dressed and started asking the woman not to report the matter. The witness replied that he should be reported. She made her way to the security guard post with the boy, where the man begged her before she left.
The witness told security personnel what had happened and the victim’s parents were contacted. The boy’s father filed a police report. Police officers later arrested Tok.
Previous conviction also with young boy: Prosecution
Tok had been jailed six months after being convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy. He molested the boy over his underwear and kissed the boy on the lips. While the two were in a lift of an HDB block a while later, Tok kissed the boy again.
Deputy Attorney General (DPP) Nicholas Lai noted that Tok in his latest offense had gone a step further to ask the boy to perform a sexual act against him.
“In the present case, the defendant offered the victim $ 2 to buy ice cream, even though the victim did not intend to meet him. What we can see from the facts is that there is an attempt at (and) deliberation, exemplified by the act of offering two dollars, whether or not they were brought to fruition, must be dealt with by the court, “said DPP Lai.
Tok’s lawyer, Benjamin Li, pointed out that there was no abuse of trust and that the contact Tok had with the boy was fleeting.
“Given (he is in) the high age of 74, a lengthy custodial sentence would be crushing, he could possibly die in Changi, so the defense is imposing 12 months in prison given his advanced age,” Li added.
In order to obtain an indecent act from a child, Tok could have been imprisoned for up to five years and / or fined up to $ 10,000 at first conviction. For having abused a person under 14, he could have been imprisoned for up to five years and / or fined. He can not wear as he is over 50 years old.
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