S'porean doctor, 51, charged with molesting woman several times at Mount Elizabeth Hospital

Yeo intends to claim trial and has given his lawyer 'firm instructions to contest the charges'.

Melanie Lim | February 11, 2020, 03:50 PM

A doctor who specialised in anaesthesiology allegedly molested a woman several times on the 12th storey of Mount Elizabeth Hospital on the evening of Oct. 9, 2017.

Current president of World Institute of Pain for various SEA countries

On Feb. 7, 2020, 51-year-old Yeo Sow Nam, who is the director of The Pain Specialist, a clinic in Mount Elizabeth Hospital, was charged with four counts of molestation involving one 32-year-old woman, The Straits Times reported.

According to the hospital's website, Yeo is the chairman for the section of pain management in the college of anaesthesiology at the Academy of Medicine.

The website also stated that Yeo is "the current president of World Institute of Pain for Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand" and "has given more than 100 local and international lectures".

Squeezed victim's waist, hugged her, gripped her breasts and kissed her on the head

The doctor allegedly molested his victim by squeezing her waist, hugging her, gripping her breasts with his hands and kissing her on the head, CNA reported.

The victim's name cannot be mentioned due to a gag order to protect her identity and it is not known how both individuals are related.

The court also heard on Friday that Yeo intends to claim trial and has given his lawyer "firm instructions to contest the charges".

Granted permission to leave Singapore for work reasons

After being offered an additional bail of S$10,000, Yeo was granted permission by District Judge Adam Nakhoda to leave Singapore on various dates in February for work reasons.

According to Yeo's lawyer, Yeo had to go overseas as "he has to treat patients on an ad hoc basis," although the police prosecutor contested this by saying that it was "difficult to ascertain if he's ever going to come back if it's open-ended".

As a result, the judge laid out certain conditions for Yeo to comply with, such as "the furnishing of a complete travel itinerary before departure, full details of where he will be staying, and a condition to remain contactable by the investigating officer," CNA reported.

Yeo's pre-trial conference is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2020.

If found guilty, he can be jailed up to two years and fined for each count of molestation.

Yeo cannot be caned as he is above 50 years old.

Top image via Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and Mount Elizabeth Hospital