S'porean lawyer who molested 3 women in bar fired by law firm

He had threatened to get his victim fired.

Andrew Koay| November 21, 10:54 AM

A Singaporean lawyer who received a fine for molesting three women and spewing vulgarities at a bar manager has been fired from his job.

Devandran Karunakaran, a managing partner of law firm Ince Singapore had committed his offences in May 2018 and was sentenced to a S$15,000 fine on Nov. 19, 2019.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Nov. 21, a spokesperson from Ince said that Karunakaran's position had been "terminated with immediate effect".

The statement said: "We take the behaviour and ethical conduct of all of the Group’s Partners and staff extremely seriously."

His crime

Karunakaran had pleaded guilty to outraging the modesty of three women in a bar after he consumed multiple alcoholic beverages.

In court, he was described by the prosecution as being in a "drunken stupor".

Additionally, he pleaded guilty to another charge under the Protection from Harassment Act.

He had hurled vulgarities at the bar manager, while also threatening to get him fired.

At one point, Karunakaran asked the bar manager if he knew who he was.

According to a now-deleted profile on Ince's website, Karunakaran was a managing partner and the head of the firm's Singapore office.

The profile also said that he had previously worked in London and specialised in "cross-border ship finance, covering asset, project and corporate finance transactions".

Top image from Ince law firm's website


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