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A 63-year-old retiree allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy and performed oral sex on him in a Tampines park toilet.
Chua Hock Leong, who is married with a daughter, went on trial yesterday (July 18) and is contesting the charge, reported The Straits Times.
The High Court heard that the boy, who lives with his mother, stepfather and younger brother, ran away from home on Jan 26, 2016 and spent the night at Changi Airport.
The following morning, he went to Tampines to meet his best friend, who handed him a change of clothes.
The boy then followed his friend to school and sat on the staircase at a block of flats opposite, waiting for the latter to be dismissed.
It was at about 9.30am when Chua befriended the boy and asked if he wanted to walk to the Tampines Eco Green park with him. The boy agreed.
Opening the prosecution's case, Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lai said the boy would testify that he was relieving himself inside a cubicle at a toilet in the park when Chua barged in and performed oral sex on the boy.
The boy pushed Chua away and ran off, taking a taxi to his biological father's home.
Feeling unwell, he made his way to KK Women's and Children's Hospital by himself that same evening.
Meanwhile, the boy's mother had filed a missing persons report at about 1.35pm. Upon getting a call from the hospital, she rushed down with the boy's stepfather.
After the boy told them what had happened, the mother reported this to the police officer who was assigned to handle the missing persons case.
Chua was arrested on Jan 31.
Mr Lai told the court that Chua's DNA was found on the boy's shorts and the door handle of the toilet. Two palm prints lifted from the door handle also matched Chua's left palm.
If convicted of sexual assault by penetration, Chua could be jailed for between eight and 20 years. He cannot be caned as he is above 50 years of age.