Man who kissed 9-year-old jailed 15 months

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PETALING JAYA: A 51-year-old unemployed man who kissed a nine-year-old girl twice on the lips was jailed 15 months by a Singapore court today.

The girl, who was wearing her primary school physical education attire at the time, tried to push Neo Beng Yeow away but failed.

She then broke down and cried. The man tried to carry her but was stopped by an alert woman who had been watching his activities from an MRT station after he had earlier tried to get some money from her.

The incident happened at a bus stop at Rivervale Crescent in Sengkang on March 1 this year,  The Straits Times reported.

As Neo is above 50 and cannot be caned, district judge Hamidah Ibrahim imposed another eight weeks’ jail in lieu of four strokes of the cane.

Deputy public prosecutor Gail Wong said Neo also grabbed the girl’s buttocks.

When detained, Neo claimed that the girl was his niece, which was untrue.