A 26-year-old homecare nurse started receiving lewd text messages from the son of her elderly patient just a day after she started working at the family’s Bukit Purmei flat in Singapore last January 2014.
Four days later, the 41-year-old maritime boarding officer, who was engaged to be married, kissed the back of her neck while they were in the lift.
The following morning, he touched her breast while she was helping his mother to her room. That same afternoon, he slapped her buttock.
At first, the Filipina nurse was hesitant if she should file a case against the man, but was scared that she might lose her job over the case. But after receiving a particularly offensive message from the man which made her feel “degraded”, she told her superiors and lodged a police report.
In his defence, Balakrishnan said he had touched the woman’s neck with his fingers while making kissing sounds. In addition, he said he had “poked” the victim’s chest because he was irritated with her for speaking in ‘Tagalog’ and that he only ‘tapped’ the back of her waist to get her attention.
But Justice Tay said that Balakrishnan’s “flirtatious and sometimes crude” messages to the woman showed his lewd intentions towards her. For that, Balakrishnan was jailed for a year and given 3 strokes of the rotan.
The man claims to have ‘tapped’ the nurse’s buttocks just to get her attention.