A 23-year-old female paralegal accused a 35-year-old pedicure shop owner of sexual assault. The incident took place in Singapore at the Kang Foot Wellness shop in JCube on 3rd May 2019.
The case was brought to court yesterday morning (Monday, 25th January). The defendant, Ran Weidong, who is the owner of said shop, pleaded not guilty to the charges. In return, the prosecution summoned the victim and the policemen assigned to the case to state their evidence.
According to the victim, her friend recommended the foot massage shop to her when she experienced pain in her ankle. When she arrived at the store, she was asked to change into a pair of denim shorts by the owner.
He then gave her a massage in the massage chair, which quickly became an uncomfortable experience as it went all the way up to her inner thighs. She demonstrated this in court using a doll provided by the prosecution.
The defendant told her that the pain was caused by a waist problem so he asked her to lie on the massage table with the shorts rolled up to expose her buttocks. He proceeded to insert his fingers in her shorts and touched her private parts. He also pulled down her shorts and molested her. Although the victim could move her body, she did not know how to react.
The 40 minute ‘massage’ took several hours and the next day, the victim’s friend confronted the shop owner before calling the police. The victim was in tears as she recounted the incident in court.
However, she revealed that the other party had wanted to reconcile quietly. He was willing to pay her to close the case. She declined the offer, stating she would not accept the compensation as she had been violated. A retrial was scheduled for the afternoon, with lawyers questioning the victim.
The judge ordered the media not to reveal the victim’s identity so as to protect her.
Source: China Press
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