SINGAPORE – As a hairdresser cut her hair in a hairdressing salon inside her dormitory, a man assaulted her over her jeans before slipping his hand into her clothes.
Despite her pleas to stop, Wilson Selvanson, 32, escalated the act of sexual assault, brazenly slipping under the woman’s apron to unbutton and unzip her jeans.
The woman, 32, then reported the case to her supervisor and Selvanson was arrested. She cannot be named to protect her identity.
Selvanson, an Indian national working here as a welder, admitted two of the four counts of sexual assault on Tuesday, May 11, with the remainder counted towards conviction.
The woman was working at the barber shop on January 2 when the incident occurred. Selvanson entered the store that evening and discovered the victim was serving a customer.
He came back around 8 p.m. for his turn. As the woman cut his hair, he started asking her personal questions such as her age and if she could remove her face mask as he wanted to see her face.
He then touched her buttock over her jeans before slipping his hand into her jeans to molest her. The woman asked him to stop and Selvanson withdrew his hand. He asked the woman, “Is there a problem? “
The woman was scared but continued to cut her hair. Selvanson persisted in his actions. He reached under the woman’s apron and unbuttoned the woman’s jeans before undoing them, touching her groin for a moment.
Shocked, the woman knelt down. She walked away from Selvanson and asked him to stop, telling him she was scared. Selvanson then paid her $ 6 for the haircut and asked for her phone number. The woman refused to give it to him.
After the woman reported the matter to her supervisor, Selvanson’s identity was established through CCTV footage and dorm management records and he was subsequently arrested.
Selvanson will be sentenced on May 17.
Molest is liable to imprisonment for up to two years, a fine or caning, or any combination of penalties.
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