Food court dishwasher jailed for grabbing cook's buttocks

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Muhamad Nur Alif Baharuddin, 19, pleaded guilty to one charge of molestation. (Photo: Getty)

SINGAPORE — A 19-year-old dishwasher at a Food Junction outlet grabbed the buttocks of a part-time cook who was studying in Secondary 3, a court heard.

At the State Courts on Wednesday (4 December), Muhamad Nur Alif Baharuddin was jailed for three weeks after the Malaysian pleaded guilty to one charge of molestation.

On 15 November, the 16-year-old victim was cleaning the front counter of a stall with a water hose.

Alif, who worked for Right Service Pte Ltd and had been deployed to the Food Junction outlet, delivered washed plates to the stall by placing them on a shelf behind the counter that the victim was cleaning. It was his second day on the job.

As he moved into and out of the stall, his buttocks brushed past the victim’s buttocks, the court heard.

“Shortly after, the accused returned to the stall to adjust the placement of the plates on the same shelf,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Ho Jiayun.

At this time, the victim was still cleaning the front counter of the stall. She moved aside for Alif to access the shelf.

“As the accused was squeezing past the (victim) to exit the stall, (she) felt both his hands grabbing her buttocks,” added the prosecutor.

She immediately looked up and confronted him by asking why he did that and also slapped him on the back. The victim then told her manager about the matter and the latter reviewed CCTV footage, which captured Alif’s actions.

The victim then called the police.

For molestation, Alif could have been jailed for up to two years, fined and caned.

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