SINGAPORE: While a colleague was in the toilet, a man laced her cup with a mixture of Anarex and water, hoping to assault her afterwards.
The woman noticed blue particles in the liquid as she emptied the cup after returning from the toilet, and her boyfriend filed a police report.
The 31-year-old offender, who cannot be named due to gag orders protecting the victim’s identity, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Friday (April 9).
He pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to administer a narcotic drug and two charges of insulting a woman’s modesty. Three other charges were taken into account in sentencing.
The court heard that the accused was working with the victim at a company that was not named in the court documents.
At approximately 5:25 p.m. on October 9, 2019, the victim placed her cup on a table directly in front of the shared office washroom before going to the washroom.
While inside, the accused tipped a mixture of water and Anarex – a sleepy drug commonly prescribed for fever, flu and pain – from a capsule into the cup of the patient. victim.
When the woman came out of the toilet, she picked up her cup and poured the water in it into the sink. However, she spotted blue particles in the liquid in her cup and smelled it.
Taking a whiff of alcohol, the woman felt suspicious and checked the closed-circuit television footage from the office. She saw the accused pour a substance into his cup and called the police.
Her boyfriend also called the police, saying he was “on his way” and someone had put a substance in his girlfriend’s drink.
The accused was arrested and the capsule was sent for analysis. It was found to contain orphenadrine, a skeletal muscle relaxant for pain that often causes side effects such as dizziness and paracetamol.
The man admitted that he had been planning to give the victim Anarex since August 2019. He wanted to pour the substance into her cup at the end of office hours, hoping that she would drink it after the rest of their colleagues left. .
He said that if she reacted to the medication and felt nausea or dizziness, he would take the opportunity to touch and feel her body, “because he couldn’t touch her if she was in a normal state.”
“The accused admitted that he wanted to touch her because he had watched half-naked videos of (her) and wanted to touch her,” the prosecutor said.
Police investigations revealed 76 videos on the phone of the female man in the office bathroom. Of these, 61 were from the victim who had used the toilet between July and October 2019.
Two of the clips featured another woman relieving herself in the toilet during the same time.
The man admitted to placing his phone in the toilet to record his colleagues relaxing, and said he watched and masturbated with them at home. He usually put the phone in the toilet in the afternoon before work was over, as he noticed that his female colleagues often used the toilet before leaving the office.
IT HAS DIFFICULTY TO EXPRESS HIMSELF TO WOMEN: DEFENSE
Invictus Law attorney Marshall Lim had urged court to impose 10 months in prison, saying his client was “a gentle-mannered individual who often found it difficult to express his emotions to others, especially those of the opposite sex. “.
He had previously had two girlfriends, but the relationship was “unfortunately short-lived,” Lim said.
He said his client had developed romantic feelings for the victim but could “never find the right words to express himself”.
“Unfortunately, this has led our client to embark on a series of unfortunate acts that he deeply regrets,” Mr. Lim said.
He said his client got the Anarex when he visited a clinic and was wearing it because he was still consuming it.
“(My) client is throwing himself at the mercy of the court. He admits he has committed crimes and is ashamed for acting so improperly,” Lim said.
He added that the offender’s interaction with the justice system had “left a deep and lasting impression on him” and that he was “determined to fix his habits and not repeat his mistakes.”
For attempting to administer a narcotic drug to commit an indecent offense, the man could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined or beaten.