A man who masturbated in a moving bus and ejaculated onto a woman’s skirt in George Town, Penang, has been sentenced to eight months’ jail and was ordered to be given one stroke of rotan by a magistrate’s court.
Lau Eu Lye, 35, who is a flyer distributor from Bayan Lepas, pleaded guilty to using criminal force with the intention of outraging the modesty of a then 24-year-old woman on a bus in front of SMK (P) Seri Mutiara, Jalan Air Itam at 7pm on July 27, 2007.
According to the facts presented in court, the woman had boarded the bus after work and she stood near its back door.
When the bus stopped in front of SMK (P) Seri Mutiara, the complainant suddenly felt a warm liquid down her rear. When she turned around, she saw semen on her skirt. She then saw the accused behind her and screamed at him.
Hearing the commotion, the driver stopped the bus and the accused tried to escape. However, the driver and other passengers on the bus managed to catch the man. He was then taken to the Datuk Keramat police station.
DNA analysis confirmed that the liquid on the skirt was the accused’s semen.
Investigation also revealed that Lau was standing behind the complainant while masturbating and had ejaculated onto her skirt.
In pressing for custodial sentence, deputy public prosecutor Edward Chan cited public interest, adding that the offence was serious.
He said, “He has committed a gross, indecent act against a young girl. The semen did not only leave stains on her, but she is also emotionally scarred after the incident.”
“If such acts are not given a deterrent sentence, the public might think that they can be easily let off with just a fine,” he added.
Magistrate Sri Pracha Nanthini Balabedha ordered the jail term to be served from the date of his re-arrest, which is on Wednesday.
Gross! What would you do if you were that unfortunate lady? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.