Female passenger distracted by phone on train doesn't notice man stroking her thigh for 30min

A female train passenger was so engrossed in using her phone that she did not notice a man stroking her thigh for around 30 minutes. 

The 55-year-old man, Xie Tian Chen, was arrested and sentenced on Friday (Nov 24) to two weeks’ jail after pleading guilty to one charge of outrage of modesty, reports Lianhe Wanbao.

According to the charge, Xie had boarded an MRT train at Paya Lebar station heading in the direction of Tanah Merah station on Jun 27, 2017, at around 11.30pm. 

During the trip, he molested the 36-year-old woman by caressing her thigh.

According to court documents, the accused is a manager and does not know Xie.

During the time of the incident, the victim was engrossed in reading an article on her phone. 

Xie then sat next to the victim, holding a copy of a newspaper.

He placed the paper on his lap and pretended to read, but secretly used the back of his right hand to stroke the woman’s left thigh through her skirt.

The victim did not notice Xie’s actions, which made Xie even more excited.

Xie said that he felt that the victim’s dressing and actions were very ‘sexy’.

The whole process occurred over 20 to 30 minutes.

When the victim looked down, Xie quickly withdrew his hand.