What does a young girl do when the 'policeman' she thought she could trust, turns out to be an impersonator and pervert instead?
We often tell our children about ‘safe’ strangers, people they can approach if ever in crisis. Policemen are the safest strangers we know. So what does a young impressionable girl do when the ‘policeman’ she thought she could trust, turns out to be an impersonator and pervert instead?
Man pretends to be cop in Singapore
According to Today Online, on May 29, 2013, the 11-year-old girl and her younger sister were walking to school along Mattar Road, when they were accosted by Liew Tien Chye, who pulled up beside them in a black Mazda.
He introduced himself to them as a police officer, quickly flashing a shiny white photo card. To sound convincing, he even rattled away the names of the school and the principal to the children.
He next told the older girl to get into his car and asked the younger sister to go to school by herself. They fell for his story and obediently followed his instructions.
While in the car, Liew told the girl that he was investigating cases of underage smoking and wanted to know if she smoked. She suggested that he could check her mouth for cigarette smell or to examine her bag for cigarettes. Liew appreciated the girl for her smartness.
Took her to abandoned warehouse
He then took the girl to an abandoned warehouse along Tannery Lane and asked her to get in.
As per The Straits Times report, Liew entered the warehouse soon after, holding a green first aid box. He instructed the girl to sit on the floor and wrapped a bandage around her eyes.
According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Jesintha Veijayaratnam, Liew next asked the girl to open her mouth and inserted a bottle of sterile wash. He enquired if she was able to see him. She replied in the negative.
He took the bottle out after a few seconds. What happened next was shocking. He asked her to open her mouth again and put his private parts on her lips. The girl sensed danger and immediately took off the bandage. She saw him turning around and pulling up and fastening his pants.
Shocked and disgusted, she shouted at him and asked him what he had done. When asked if he was really a policeman, he had the audacity to retort that he was.
She took her bag from the car and made her way home alone from the abandoned warehouse. Along the way, she broke down and kept crying. She informed her parents about the incident as soon as she reached home.
On Wednesday, January 11, 43-year-old Liew, a sales manager, was sentenced to 8 years and 10 weeks in jail, as well as three strokes of the cane. He was convicted of eight charges – one count each of kidnapping, impersonating a public servant, attempting to commit sexual assault on a minor and another five counts of cheating and corruption.
Girl still traumatised
As per Today Online, Deputy Public Prosecutor Jesintha Veijayaratnam noted that Liew had robbed the victim and her family of all sense of security.
Life has not been the same for this girl, who still feels scared and traumatised. The once happy and cheerful child is now introverted and unable to focus on her studies.
District Judge Shawn Ho noted that we should all be able to walk on our streets without fear at any time. Kidnapping in Singapore is rare and Liew’s attempted sexual assault of the victim in an abandoned warehouse was heinous, he added.
It is hard to believe that a father of four can actually resort to such disgusting crimes. Yet people like Liew exist, and we should teach our children to be wary of such criminals.
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