For many of us, visits to a public toilet are just one of those mundane facts of life. We don't expect anything out of the ordinary to happen during these routine stops.
Yet one 14-year-old boy was faced with a man more than thrice his age performing an obscene act.
On Tuesday (Oct. 8) that man, Stanley Phang Kok Fui, pleaded guilty to one charge of an obscene act in a public place, according to CNA.
The 47-year-old was fined S$4,000.
Nudging the victim
Court documents showed that Phang had entered the men's toilet at Woodlands MRT station in the evening of Aug. 21, 2018.
Once inside, he stood next to a boy who was using one of the urinals.
Phang nudged the boy with his elbow, prompting the victim to look at him.
What he saw was Phang using his hand to stimulate his genitals while looking at the victim's own private parts.
Phang also continued to nudge the boy with his elbow.
Into a cubicle
Waiting for the boy to finish urinating, Phang then gestured with his head for the boy to follow him into a cubicle.
Instead, the boy exited the toilet and reported the incident to the MRT station staff.
The staff went to the toilet with the victim, where they saw that Phang was still inside.
Confronting him, the staff informed Phang that they were going to call the police.
He then apologised for asking the boy to follow him into a cubicle before running off.
MRT station staff then called the police at 7:58 pm informing them that a man had asked a boy to "follow him into a cubicle and do funny things".
The also noted that the boy felt "offended" by the incident.
CNA reported that for performing an obscene act to the annoyance of the victim, Phang could have been jailed for up to three months, fined, or both.
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